Maskless, infected Trump ‘re-shot entrance to White House’ on return from hospital

President returned to the White House on Monday

Matt Mathers
Tuesday 06 October 2020 16:24
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President can be seen walking back onto balcony

A maskless and infected Donald Trump appears to have re-shot his entrance to the White House - with a camera crew in close proximity.

Mr Trump, 74, returned to Capitol Hill on Monday having spent the weekend receiving coronavirus treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center.

In a highly staged return, the president waved to the waiting media after disembarking from Marine One on the South Lawn.

Mr Trump then climbed the South Portico steps and appeared on the Truman balcony, where he ripped off his face mask before waving to the cameras.

He then disappeared into the White House. However, TV footage shot from far back on the South Lawn shows the president reappear on the balcony a short time later - still without a mask.

The footage apparently shows at least one cameraman and four other people in close proximity to the president.

Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News that the president had been alone while on the balcony.

It was not immediately clear why a camera crew might have been on the balcony, although the president's team could have recorded the event to use in a future campaign video.

Shortly after the president got back to the White House, a video of his arrival was uploaded to his personal Twitter acccount.

It is shot from inside the White House from what appears to be the Truman balcony.

The video shows Marine One arriving on the South Lawn and the president making his way to the balcony; although it doesn't show him entering the White House.

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