Trump briefly leaves hospital to greet supporters

US president has come under criticism for leaving the Walter Reed hospital to greet his supporters gathered outside.

US President Donald Trump, who has been hospitalised with COVID-19, was driven around outside the medical facility on Sunday so he could wave to a group of supporters on the street in a move critics derided as a dangerous political stunt.

Video showed Trump, wearing a black mask, waving from the back seat of a black four-wheel drive with two men – also masked – in the front seats.

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The US president has posted videos and photos about his experience in the hospital on Twitter since he was admitted.

Trump and his wife Melania were confirmed to have the disease after his close adviser Hope Hicks was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. A number of the president’s close allies have also tested positive including his campaign manager Bill Stepien, former White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie