Supporters of the President spent hours outside the hospital he was being treated in and they were rewarded as he drove by on Sunday evening. Before that, they told Lebo Diseko from the BBC why it was important to be there.
“We love Trump!”
“Four more years!”
“Donald Trump forever!” shout his supporters who have gathered in front of the Walter Reed military hospital, where the US President is being treated.
While passing cars and trucks call for support, there is cheering and cheering from the crowd of MAGA hat wearers and Trump Pence 2020 flag throwers.
The crowd and shouting seem to be growing by the hour – as the world’s media is across the street.
A convoy of cars and trucks honked and waved past us with US flags.
“It feels like a football parade after a win!” my colleague noticed.
It’s only been a few hours since Donald Trump’s medical team gave an update on his health, saying they hope he will be back at the White House on Monday. The crowd and their convoys have grown steadily since then.
“We cheer for his good health,” says an African American supporter named Barbara. “We want him back as soon as possible, so we’re here to tell him we love him, we pray for him and we need him in America.”
“In America and the World!” her friend Wanji interferes.
Barbara and Wanji show their love for Trump
She says the President’s critics persecute him for standing up for Christians. “He took on all the stress in America and the world.”
His illness only shows that the country is sick, she adds, and as he’s recovering it is recovering.
Nobody has done as much for African Americans as Donald Trump, they say. This is confirmed by a Latino gentleman standing next to them.
Maurio waves two flags – a blue one that belongs to him and one pink that belongs to his wife. He says: “I am very much in favor of such a good president – he has done a lot for the Spanish people.”
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A little further on are a few who say they flown in from Arizona – a journey of about 2,400 miles that took over four hours. “We support our president 100%,” says Danny Carroll, who adds that they would have traveled further if they had to.
“This is our president – we’re all in it together, red, yellow, black and white – we’re all valuable in his eyes.”
His wife, Jeanie, says she doesn’t always like the way the president expresses himself, but she values his results. She says the couple drive around the country a lot and six years ago the country died economically but now he’s brought it back. They plan to stay until he’s back at the White House – and then start the long journey home.
Mauro and Jeanie traveled all the way from Arizona
Of course, the president is no ordinary patient and when he goes home he is monitored around the clock by his medical team. However, questions remain unanswered after his medical team’s briefing on Sunday.
They admitted his oxygen levels had dropped twice in the past few days – Friday and Saturday – but pressed for details about the second oxygen round. Dr. Sean Conley said he should check with the nurses.
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And when it came to possible lung damage to the president. Dr. Conley said there were some “expected results” but didn’t elaborate on them.
This comes a day after mixed news from the medical team and its chief of staff on Saturday.
He admitted that he was trying to present an “optimistic attitude”.
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“I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of the disease in any other direction, and it turned out that we were trying to hide something that wasn’t necessarily true.”
The fact that the last sentence was deemed necessary shows an awareness that, for at least some Americans, there is a confidence gap when it comes to the President’s medical team.
But that is certainly not the view of the crowd gathered here.
Families with children took part in the Festival of Wishes.
The President knows they are there and rewarded them with an unexpected appearance. His supporters know he values them and they value him.