A report from The New York Times is raising new questions about the overall mental and physical health of President Donald Trump just a day after he had to cut a White House speech short when he appeared to run out of energy.
According to the Times, before he left Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday, Trump was cooking up a plan to prove just how fit and healthy he was:
“In several phone calls last weekend from the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Mr. Trump shared an idea he was considering: When he left the hospital, he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer.
“He ultimately did not go ahead with the stunt.”
Despite still being under medical care for his bout with COVID-19, the president insisted on speaking to a crowd of a few hundred supporters Saturday. Standing on the balcony of the White House, it soon became clear that Trump was not up to par:
“White House officials said the president would speak for 30 minutes, but he kept his remarks to just 18 minutes in total. A typical Trump rally, in contrast, often runs for at least 90 minutes. A large bandage on top of his right hand was a reminder of the treatments and infusions he had received over the past week. And atypical for a president who usually keeps his crowds waiting, Mr. Trump started right on time.”
It would appear that Trump hasn’t yet recovered from his bout with coronavirus, despite his efforts to make it appear otherwise. Mentally and physically, the current head of state seems to be walking a very thin line between partial improvement and total collapse.
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