President Donald Trump is facing sharp criticism once again.
While undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for COVID-19, Trump left the hospital Sunday for an unscheduled car ride around the facility to wave to supporters.
However, some medical professionals and celebrities called his decision to leave the hospital “insanity.” Among the critics, Dr. James Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed.
“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Phillips tweeted Sunday. “This is insanity.”
Also slamming Trump, the hosts of The View.
“He is infectious, and those Secret Service agents, their lives were put at risk by this president. They have families that they want to go home to as well,” Sunny Hostin said on Monday’s installment of the ABC talk show. “By his reckless actions, he didn’t care about the very people who are sworn to protect him.”
Joy Behar compared Trump to a dictator.
“That was right out of a dictator’s playbook, parade the dictator around so that the world and the country can see that he’s still alive and he’s still robust,” Behar said. “But I thought to myself, ‘usually the hostages are not driving the car.'”
Returning host Sara Haines also criticized Trump.
“It was a slap in the face to so many people who… have not been able to say goodbye to loved ones, who have missed life events, who just stay at home now… because that’s what the doctors told us,” Haines said.
The president’s brief public appearance followed a confusing weekend in which White House officials failed to clearly provide accurate information about his health. Trump tweeted that he was “feeling really good” on Monday afternoon. He was released from the hospital a short time later.