President Trump goes on a COVID joy ride; gunshot mars Central Ohio 'rolling rally' for Trump
You almost certainly know by now that President Trump contracted the coronavirus (as did many others in his immediate circle) and was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Over the weekend, doctors sent mixed messages about Trump's medical condition, initially giving a glowingly positive report, then admitting that the president's oxygen level had dipped during two episodes, that he had received steroid medication, and that he had a high fever at one point — all of which suggests Trump's battle with COVID-19 is no walk in the park. Still, the president's doctors also said he's doing very well could be released as early as today.
After posing for photos that appeared to show Trump signing a blank sheet of paper, the president released an upbeat video yesterday discussing his "very interesting journey" with the virus, followed by a surprise motorcade trip, during which Trump remained inside his SUV but waved to supporters who had gathered near Walter Reed.
The motorcade drew sharp criticism for obvious reasons: The president has COVID-19, yet he chose to confine himself in an SUV with Secret Service personnel and perhaps others. "That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play," tweeted Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, adding: "Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity."
The move recalls another recent moment of political theater that put others in harm's way.
The New York Times is also analyzing photos from the nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett held at the White House on Sept. 26. At least seven people who attended the event, during which few people socially distanced and/or wore masks, have since tested positive for the coronavirus.
Trump's COVID joy ride comes as the U.S. saw 54,000 positive cases of the coronavirus on Friday, the highest single-day case count since Aug. 14.
Here in Columbus, during Saturday's "rolling rally" for Trump, one driver turned himself in for allegedly firing a gun at a semi truck on I-270.
After conceding the first goal to FC Dallas, the Crew battled back to earn a draw, with goals from Youness Mokhtar and Pedro Santos. (A goal from Gyasi Zardes was disallowed after the fact due to an offside ruling against Luis Diaz.) There was a bit of a gray cloud after the match, though: Two of the team's best players, playmaker Lucas Zelarayan and keeper Eloy Room, left the pitch due to injuries.
Somehow the Browns won again. The team is now 3-1 for the first time since 2001. The Bengals also won, and quarterback Joe Burrow had his best game yet, with 300 passing yards.