Doctor who criticized Trump’s actions during COVID-19 hospital stay removed from Walter Reed schedule: report

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A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.

  • Dr. James Phillips has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.
  • Phillips criticized President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for COVID-19 in October.
  • During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”
  • Walter Reed officials told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”
  • The president was treated at Walter Reed for four days before being released.
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Dr. James Phillips, the emergency room physician who called out President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for the coronavirus in October, has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.

On October 4, Trump rode in a motorcade with attending Secret Service agents while still being infected with COVID-19. Phillips, the chief of disaster and operational medicine at George Washington University and an attending physician at Walter Reed, harshly criticized the president’s actions at the time.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Phillips wrote: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

He added in another tweet that has also been deleted: “That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”

During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”

Officials at Walter Reed told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”

They added: “There was no decision made by anyone at WRNMMC to remove Dr. Phillips from the schedule.”

This decision comes more than two months after Phillips’ initial criticism and a month after President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump in the November general election.

“Colleagues of Dr. Phillips were surprised that a disaster medicine specialist would be eliminated from the schedule at a busy military hospital at a time when Maryland is nearing a record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations,” according to CBS News.

Trump, who revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on October 2, stayed at the Walter Reed facility in Bethesda, Maryland for four days before being released. The first lady, Melania Trump, and their son, Barron, were also infected with the virus but recuperated at the White House.

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residency is being spruced up while Melania checks out schools for Barron as the family eyes move to Florida, sources say

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President Donald Trump returns to the White House with First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Baron (L) after a weekend in Bedminster on August 16, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • President Trump has asked for renovations to be made to his Mar-a-Lago residence as the first family considers moving to Florida after leaving the White House, People reported this week.
  • The White House has not made any official announcement about Trump’s post-presidency plans, but sources say the family’s private residence at the resort in Palm Beach “will be expanded and spruced up.”
  • First Lady Melania Trump is reportedly also looking for schools around the Palm Beach area and neighboring Broward County for 14-year-old Barron.
  • Despite being a lifelong New Yorker, Trump has always enjoyed spending time in Florida and even listed it as its primary residence in October last year.
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Builders are making renovations to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and First Lady Melania Trump is inspecting schools as the first family considers Florida as their next home, People reported this week.

While the White House has yet to make any official announcement about Trump’s post-presidency plans, sources close to the president told People that the 2,000-square-foot private residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach “will be expanded and spruced up.”

“They are definitely renovating his apartment within the Mar-a-Lago Club to make it larger, more modern, and comfortable for his use,” the source said, according to People.

“Mar-a-Lago is iconic, a building he took great pride in renovating when he bought it,” the source added. “It makes sense that he wants to be there and will make the mansion his home.”

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President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Melania Trump is also planning and has reportedly been looking for schools in the area for 14-year-old Barron to attend.

“They have looked all over Palm Beach County and neighboring Broward County for just the right place,” another source close to the first lady told People. “There are several options, and they will decide soon.”

Despite being a lifelong New Yorker, Trump has always enjoyed spending time in Florida, a state which voted for him in the 2016 and 2020 presidential election.

“No matter what else is happening in the world, he is treated like royalty at Mar-a-Lago. He loves to be here,” one source previously said, according to the Sun.

In October last year, the first family even changed their primary address from Fifth Avenue’s Trump Tower to the ocean-side resort club. The┬ápresident likes to spend a significant amount of time playing golf.

This isn’t to say that Trump will not be going to New York at all.

A White House source told People that the Trump family “has many homes and they will be traveling between them.” His properties include his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and Trump Tower in New York City.

Meanwhile, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner seem to be steering away from New York City, where they were once prominent Manhattan socialites.

Last month, the couple – who have three children – were drawing up plans to expand their property in New Jersey and were reportedly planning on turning to other endeavors beyond real estate.

Trump is set to move out of the White House on January 20, after losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden last month.

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