Donald Trump has tweeted 120 times since being released from the hospital on Monday
- US President Donald Trump has unleashed roughly 120 tweets since being released on Monday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he received Covid-19 treatment.
- Trump's tweetstorm has included attacks on Joe Biden, praise for the economy, a push for a focus on the Supreme Court, and allegations of a fraudulent election.
- Questions have been swirling for days about the true state of the president's health since his return to the White House.
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US President Donald Trump has unleashed a string of tweets and retweets since being released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, touting a video announcing his return to the White House and later pushing out praise from supporters and attacks on political rivals.
As of mid-day Wednesday in the US, Trump, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus last Friday, had sent out roughly 120 messages. Since returning to the White House, the true status of the president's health has been questioned by many, given that he was treated with the experimental drug remdesivir and dexamethasone, a steroid that is usually reserved for the sickest patients. While steroids can often make a patient feel better, they don't target the actual virus and weaken the immune system.
Over the past three days, Trump's tweets have included the following:
Arrival at the White House
In a dramatic video, Marine 1, the presidential helicopter, landed on the grounds of the White House on Monday night, with Trump emerging from the plane wearing a mask. He then walked up a flight of stairs and appeared on a balcony where he saluted the residence staff.
A second tweet, taken on the White House balcony, featured a video message directly from the American president seemingly downplaying the disease.
"I learned so much about coronavirus. One thing that's for certain…don't let it dominate you. Don't be afraid of it. You're going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment and the best medicines, all developed recently ... Don't let it take over your lives," Trump said in the video.
Attacking Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers
Trump continued criticising his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, accusing him of seeking to expand the Supreme Court beyond the nine current members and allow late term abortions.
"Wow. Joe Biden just took a more Liberal position on Roe v. Wade than Elizabeth Warren at her highest," Trump tweeted. "He also wants to PACK our great United States Supreme Court. This is what the Dems will do. Remember as they try changing positions before elections end. GET OUT AND VOTE!"
Wow. Joe Biden just took a more Liberal position on Roe v. Wade than Elizabeth Warren at her highest. He also wants to PACK our great United States Supreme Court. This is what the Dems will do. Remember as they try changing positions before elections end. GET OUT AND VOTE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
He then criticised a Monday night town hall event on NBC News that featured Biden, calling it a "disgrace."
Did anyone get to see that absolute “Joke” of a Town Hall interview that Joe Biden did with Concast @NBCNews , hosted by Lester Holt? What a disgrace to our Country that FREE public airwaves can be used that way. All SOFTBALLS. A big FIX. Time should be paid by the corrupt DNC!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Pushing a voting fraud narrative
Trump, who has repeatedly criticised mail-in voting as susceptible to electoral fraud, tweeted out that 11,000 North Carolina voters received "incorrect" registration forms and that Los Angeles County voters were mailed "faulty" ballots.
"Here we go. This will be the most corrupt Election in American History!" he added.
11,00 North Carolina residents get incorrect voter registration forms. 2000 LA County Voters received “faulty” Ballots, with NO WAY TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT. Many others throughout USA. Here we go. This will be the most corrupt Election in American History!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
Trump also retweeted an article from the account of conservative commentator Gregg Jarrett, who highlighted a story about a Florida man who was caught requesting a ballot for his deceased wife and was charged with a felony.
Touting the economy amid stalled stimulus talks
Trump announced on Tuesday that he was ending the stimulus bill negotiations between Congress and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, saying that he wanted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus on the Supreme Court confirmation process.
...request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business. I have asked...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
"I have asked Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett," Trump wrote. "Our Economy is doing very well. The Stock Market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment ... also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the World in Economic Recovery, and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"
Trump was criticised by many for ending the stimulus talks with Democrats and possibly handing them a political talking point headed into Election Day. However, later on Tuesday, he tweeted out support for a bill that would give $1,200 direct payments to taxpayers ahead of Nov. 3.
Then on Wednesday, he decried the state of journalism, tweeting that "the fake news media is the real opposition."
THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE REAL OPPOSITION PARTY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
An hour after this post, Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, released a memo revealing that Trump's health has improved.
"He's now been fever-free for more than 4 days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed not received any supplemental oxygen since hospitalization," Conley wrote.
Since the president and first lady Melania Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, multiples staffers, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House senior advisor and speechwriter Stephen Miller, announced that they too have contracted the disease.
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