As soon as he returned to the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump risked the lives of staffers by removing his mask and spending the next several minutes talking at them, recording a public disservice announcement urging Americans to disregard warnings about the severity of Covid-19, the coronavirus disease he is currently infected with, which has killed more than 210,000 of their fellow citizens.
President Trump returns to the White House.
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 5, 2020
If there was any mystery as to what the urgent business was that prompted Trump to leave Walter Reed Medical Center before he was fully recovered, it was cleared up by the live video feed from the White House following his return. The images, which played in the background of cable news broadcasts as anchors expressed shock that Trump had removed his mask while posing for photos on the Truman Balcony, showed that his first order of business on entering the residence was recording take after take of a social media video.