Trump Covid: President downplays virus on leaving hospital

US President Donald Trump has made a theatrical return to the White House to continue his treatment for coronavirus after a three-night hospital stay.

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Mr. Trump, who is still contagious, removed his mask on the balcony of the White House while posing for pictures.

His physician said he would continue treatment from there, and he “may not entirely be out of the woods yet”.

Several of Mr. Trump’s staff and aides have also tested positive for the virus in recent days.

Questions remain over the seriousness of Mr. Trump’s illness after a weekend of conflicting statements.

The US remains the country worst-hit by Covid-19, with 210,000 deaths and 7.4 million cases.

Mr. Trump’s diagnosis has upended his campaign for a second term in office, less than a month before the Republican president faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the presidential election.

Wearing a navy business suit, tie and mask, Mr. Trump walked out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington DC suburbs on Monday evening pumping his fist.

After a short helicopter ride, Mr. Trump was pictured alone on the Truman Balcony of the White House. He removed his protective face mask, before giving a thumbs-up and a military-style salute.

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A couple of hours later, he tweeted a campaign-style clip of his return set to stirring music

 

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