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Trump defends decision to take car ride from hospital

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures from a car as he rides in front of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. October 4, 2020. REUTERS/Cheriss May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to leave a U.S. military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19 for a brief car ride after a barrage of criticism that he put himself, and the people taking care of him, at greater risk.

“It is reported that the Media is upset because I got into a secure vehicle to say thank you to the many fans and supporters who were standing outside of the hospital for many hours, and even days, to pay their respect to their President. If I didn’t do it, Media would say RUDE!!!” he said on Twitter.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Franklin Paul