President Donald Trump’s maskless return to the White House on Monday following a weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center shows that he wants his supporters to “prove their loyalty to him with their lives,” psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee said in an interview with Salon.
Trump, who is still infected with the novel coronavirus, took off his mask on the Truman balcony and saluted Marine One before entering the White House and possibly exposing a photographer and others around him. Trump suggested in a video that he may now be “immune” from the virus, even as his doctor warned that the president was “not be entirely out of the woods yet.”
“One thing that’s for certain: Don’t let it dominate you,” Trump said of the virus. “Don’t be afraid of it.”