Coronavirus: US President Trump briefly leaves Walter Reed to wave at supporters

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US President Donald Trump said he will leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center very soon to meet with supporters outside the hospital after receiving treatment for coronavirus, according to a tweet from the president.

“We're getting great reports from the doctors. This is an incredible hospital, Walter Reed, the work they do is just absolutely amazing and I want to thank them all. The nurses, the doctors, everybody here. I've also gotten to meet some of the soldiers and the first responders and what a group, I also think we're going to pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have out on the street,” said Trump in a video he tweeted shortly before leaving the hospital to greet supporters outside.

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“It's been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn't the "Let's read the book school." And I get it and I understand it. And it's a very interesting thing. I'm going to be letting you know about it. In the meantime, we love the USA and we love what's happening. Thank you,” he added.

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Video footage by news agencies showed the president wearing a face mask and waving to crowds as he drove past.

"President Trump took a short, last-minute motorcade ride to wave to his supporters outside and has now returned to the Presidential Suite inside Walter Reed," said White House spokesperson Judd Deere in a statement to Al Arabiya English.

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