A Walter Reed physician called Trump's COVID joyride “insanity.” Right-wing media cheered Trump on.
Earlier this evening, President Donald Trump briefly left Walter Reed Medical Center. He waved to some supporters from the inside of a car:
Walter Reed attending physician Dr. James Phillips explained why this was a terrible idea:
Despite this unnecessary risk that also ignored CDC guidance, right-wing Twitter personalities celebrated the move.
Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk:
Fox Nation's Rachel Campos-Duffy:
Right-wing radio host Dana Loesch:
Newsmax's Michelle Malkin:
War Room: Pandemic's Raheem Kassam:
Turning Point USA's Benny Johnson:
The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft:
The Daily Wire's Twitter account:
On a special weekend edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier, plenty of attention was paid to Trump's drive-by stunt, but comparatively little to the risk posed to the Secret Service agents. During the panel, it was brought up by the Associated Press' Julie Pace and echoed by Harold Ford, Jr.
The other panelist, Marc Thiessen, did not engage with the point -- though he did praise Trump's appearance.
Shortly before the end of the program, Fox chief political anchor Bret Baier briefly returned to the topic.
Meanwhile, Fox News' website touted Trump's “little surprise visit.”
Update (10/4/20, 9:00 p.m. EDT): The Washington Post reports that Secret Service agents were infuriated by Trump's car ride:
A growing number of Secret Service agents have been concerned about the president’s seeming indifference to the health risks they face when traveling with him in public.
A few reacted with outrage to his Sunday night drive outside the hospital where he is being treated for the coronavirus, asking how Trump’s desire to be seen outside of his hospital suite justified the jeopardy to agents protecting the president.
NBC's Peter Alexander also noted the rationale for why First Lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive, would not be visiting the president at Walter Reed:
Update (10/5/20, 11:30 a.m. EDT): Right-wing media continued to defend Trump's visit outside of Walter Reed, with Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt focusing on the “people that wanted to hear from him and wanted to see him, just to give the country that message of, 'it's all going to be OK'".
Later on Fox & Friends, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino complained that Secret Service agents are “not a bunch of whiners ...we signed on to take the worry for" for the president. To the “media buffoons" expressing concern for Secret Service agents, Bongino said that they'd better not “dare utter the words 'Secret Service' again because you know nothing about these men or women."
In the introduction to his Fox Business show, Stuart Varney said of the media, “they really hated ... the presidential drive-by", and sarcastically noted that “CNN said he'd exposed his Secret Service driver."
However, on America's Newsroom, frequent Fox guest Dr. Marty Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy expert, was asked specifically about Dr. Phillips' tweets against Trump's drive, and Makary said that he “certainly would've advised against" the trip.