After one of President Trump’s doctors suggested he could be discharged from Walter Reed hospital as soon as Monday and continue his COVID-19 treatment at the White House, several observers were left scratching their heads.
For starters, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan pointed out that teasing a swift discharge sets expectations high, and, if it doesn’t turn out to be the case, there will likely be an increase in questions about the severity of the president’s illness, which is already unclear.
I don’t see why the expectation has now been set for the President to be discharged tomorrow. If he is not discharged, that will now raise further questions. A short term positive headline now becomes a benchmark…. https://t.co/xtYR3j9DDH
— Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan) October 4, 2020
Also – this is a virus that bounces around in terms of good days and bad days till its conclusion, like other viruses, as Conley acknowledged. Unclear what factors they’re using for possible discharge.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 4, 2020