Trump aims for release today after drive-by

President briefly left hospital for a motorcade tour past supporters at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

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October 5, 2020 - 9:30 AM

White House physician Sean Conley, right, gives an update on the condition of President Donald Trump, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump was hospitalized on October 2 due to a COVID-19 diagnosis. Photo by (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump was hoping for a discharge today from the military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19, a day after he briefly ventured out while contagious to salute cheering supporters by motorcade in a move that disregarded precautions meant to contain the deadly virus that has killed more than 209,000 Americans.

White House officials said Trump was anxious to be released after three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where doctors revealed on Sunday that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days and that they gave him a steroid typically only recommended for the very sick. Still, the doctors said Trump’s health is improving and volunteered that he could be discharged as early as today to continue the remainder of his treatment at the White House.

“This is an important day as the president continues to improve and is ready to get back to a normal work schedule,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Monday. He said the determination on whether Trump would leave the hospital won’t be made until later in the day after the president is evaluated by his medical team, but that Trump was “optimistic” he could be released Monday.

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