President Donald Trump took his motorcade out to visit supporters Sunday, making several passes outside Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
The president, who has been undergoing treatment for coronavirus at Walter Reed hospital since Friday afternoon, announced in a brief Twitter video that he intended to give his supporters outside “a little surprise visit.”
After touting the hard work of the staff at Walter Reed and offering his thanks to the doctors, nurses and first responders, Trump added, “I also think we’re going to pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have out on the street.”
“They’ve been out there for a long time and they’ve got Trump flags,” he continued. “They love our country. So, I’m not telling anybody but you, but I’m about to make a little surprise visit.”
In a matter of minutes, the presidential motorcade had started its tour outside the hospital.
Video footage of the event shows the president waving from inside a black vehicle while wearing a mask. People present for the impromptu event can be heard cheering him on.
Trump could be seen in the back seat of one of the vehicles, wearing a mask and waving and giving a thumbs-up as the parade of cars passed by.
The president, now on the third day of his hospital stay, remarked that it had been a “very interesting journey” in which he had “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, [and] I’m gonna be letting you know about it,” said Trump.