President Donald Trump, after days of treatment at the military hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19, boarded Marine One and flew over his supporters chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
Trump supporters were happy when he flew off over the crowd in front of Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, just outside Washington, DC.
Wearing their red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps, the fans of the real estate tycoon and reality TV star waited all day at the main entrance to the hospital, waving flags and singing the songs usually blared out at Trump rallies — “Proud to Be an American,” “Born in the USA,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Beat It” and “Rocketman.”
“I’m not disappointed based on the security,” said Jasmine Rochon, who had driven 120 miles on Monday from Philadelphia. “But the fact that he flew in and made sure that he turned and waved at us, that’s good enough for me,” she said.
“That lift off seemed very symbolic, cathartic, it was like victory. He beat Covid, he’s back to work, he is okay,” said the 54-year-old from nearby Frederick, Maryland, who served in the army for 23 years and — like many Trump fans here — was not wearing a mask.
“I’m very happy, that is wonderful news,” said a maskless Karen Sloan, 50, a resident of Washington holding a sign that read “Prayers for the president, 4 more years.”
“That means that he was able to overcome that flu,” she said. “He’s just made of iron. The first thing he should do at the White House is to give Melania a big kiss and get back to work.”
Sally Ashcroft, 72, wanted the president to “go back to the campaign trail,” which he had abandoned due to his illness, with just a month to go before the November 3 election.
Philadelphia resident Rochon said the president “should prove now to the world that this Covid-19 virus is not that lethal,” even though the president was the beneficiary of an experimental treatment not yet available to other Americans.
“We should go back to normal, we need to reopen the whole world,” she said. “A lot of people are suffering, losing their job and their income” from the pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States.