October 6, 2020 at 4:55 AM EDT
Trump leaves military hospital and enters ‘uncharted territory’
By Frances Stead Sellers, Laurie McGinley, Ariana Eunjung Cha and Amy Goldstein
President Trump left an elite medical center Monday evening, even as his doctors acknowledged that they were entering “uncharted territory” and — citing privacy laws — continued to withhold information that could illuminate the president’s prognosis for recovering from covid-19.
Trump’s determination to appear in control in the waning weeks of the presidential race left unclear whether he or his doctors were calling the shots, especially because members of his medical team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center continued to cherry-pick what they shared with the public. They said his oxygen levels were normal and he had no fever, but refused to answer questions about results from lung scans, his last negative test for the coronavirus or why he is receiving the steroid dexamethasone, typically reserved for patients with severe illness.
The president returned to the White House at a fraught moment in his recovery — before he has seemingly escaped a period when some patients are known to crash.