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Walter Reed Attending Physician Accuses Trump of “Putting Lives at Risk for Theater” Following Presidential Drive-by Wave, But Doctors Gave the OK

Walter Reed Attending Physician Accuses Trump of “Putting Lives at Risk for Theater” Following Presidential Drive-by Wave, But Doctors Gave the OK

Is this professional? Asking for a friend.

Sunday afternoon Trump waved as he drove by crowds of supporters gathered outside of Walter Reed, a move his team claims was cleared by doctors.

But I guess they didn’t run it by this guy. Dr. James P. Phillips is an attending physician at Walter Reed and Sunday evening, criticized the President’s drive-by mere theater that put “lives at risk.”

Dr. Phillips (a regular on CNN) tweeted:

Earlier, Dr. Phillips also tweeted:

Is this professional? Asking for a friend.

Catherine Herridge at CBS News tweeted that White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said the doctors gave the okay to do the drive-by.

Trump wore a mask while Secret Service wore protective gear and N-95 masks.

Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, told the media on Saturday that morning that the president had been without a fever for 24 hours.

Usually, a person is not infectious after they’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without the help of Tylenol, Advil, or any fever-reducing medicines.

The CDC recommends you stay away from people for at least 10 days since the symptoms first appeared. They also say 24 hours without a fever as well.


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What, elective office involves a goodly dose of political theater?

Well, knock me over with a clue-by-four.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to tom_swift. | October 5, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Former White House Doctor Shuts Down CNN:

    Trump’s Drive ‘Very Small’ Risk, ‘He Sounded Very Strong’

    Weasel Zipperd

    Meanwhile back at the DEM chicken ranch….

    Video: Biden Plagiarizing UK PM Boris Johnson… – Weasel Zippers

    apparently so does the practice of medicine

The whole thing is nonsense. His Secret Service detail have to be near him all the time anyway.

In any case, no, this is definitely not professional. As a hospital employee he has no business commenting on an individual patient.

    OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to Milhouse. | October 5, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Not only is it unprofessional of the doctor, it may be a violation of HIPAA.

      This clown has about as much “professional” credibility or integrity as “Dr” Bandy Lee and her nonsensical psychiatric diagnoses.

      I wonder if he accessed the President’s medical records? Hospital employees in other places have been fired for such actions.

        MajorWood in reply to Liz. | October 5, 2020 at 12:37 pm

        Back in the early 80’s a couple of nurses requested the medical records of a famous musician who had just been hospitalized after breaking a foot on stage. The head of HR was present when the records (they were paper charts back then! 😉 ) were delivered to the desk, and the two nurses only had short lived excitement, as the folder was filled with nonsense, and they were terminated immediately.

        Dr S in reply to Liz. | October 5, 2020 at 3:50 pm

        If there was any access to President trumps medical records in this situation and then revealing something about the president then this would be easy enough to make a case for it To be a HIPAA violation. Violations for this are $25-$50,000 personal fine for the person doing the violation.

        The tweet however sounded like it was based on commonly held knowledge that President Trump had a diagnosis of SARSCovid-19. In that case the opinions expressed in the tweet is nearly meaningless. The authority claimed as an “attending physician“ is just BS.

      No, it’s not a HIPAA violation, it’s just incredibly unprofessional. He didn’t disclose any confidential information. In fact he may not have any, since he presumably hasn’t been treating the President.

    Edward in reply to Milhouse. | October 5, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    So is this guy “attending” the President, or is he just “an attending physician” of unknown patients?

      Milhouse in reply to Edward. | October 6, 2020 at 2:13 am

      He’s an attending at the hospital. I’d be astonished if he’s had anything to do with the President’s case.

    Actually, it is a business for him to comment as a paid contributor to CNN.

So Dr. Phillips disagrees with his colleagues and only specifically cites Twitter as the pivotal 5th indicator. Very scientific.

I thought there was a professional code that forbids doctors from criticizing each other in public? At least he revealed his identity so that’s an improvement.

The “Dr” should be fired

    Dantzig93101 in reply to gonzotx. | October 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    He probably can’t be fired.

    At the Army base near where I grew up, there was an old cannon on the parade ground. My grandfather said it was called “Civil Service, because it won’t work and you can’t fire it.”

      Your grandfather was a wise man.

      gmac124 in reply to Dantzig93101. | October 5, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      I agree that he probably can’t be fired but he can be reassigned to a much less desirable place.

        hrhdhd in reply to gmac124. | October 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

        Biden’s basement?

        Dantzig93101 in reply to gmac124. | October 5, 2020 at 2:50 pm

        I would suggest Hell, but that’s way above my pay grade.

        Arminius in reply to gmac124. | October 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

        I suggest the Barrow, Alaska, area of operations for the Indian Health Service.

        The last thing I want to do is inflict pain on Alaskan natives by saddling them with this piece of work. I’ve hunted Alaska many times and I like nearly all of them I’ve met. Although, there’s a reason why most villages are dry. I’ve met a few of them in Anchorage after they’ve spent a night out (maybe even a week long bender, it’s hard to tell) and they can be mean drunks. But sober, in the interior, great people.

        For me this would be a dream assignment. I’d hope against hope they’d let me go on a whale hunt.

        Something tells me that the natives wouldn’t have to put up with this guy for long. Phillips would probably slit his wrists inside of three months. He’d definitely never make it through his first winter.

        Oh, well, it’s a risk I’m willing to


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Oh, there is a silly article from the Washington Post being carried today on the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune, where the doctors are just all opinionated about the “kitchen sink” “aggressive” treatment, that uses “unproven” therapies like zinc and the corticosteroid (dexamethasone) we already knew as an alternative for hydroxychloroquine for people with heart conditions.

The article drips with ignorant disapproval, so I’m not going to link it.

Yes, they even disapprove of early treatment of COVID-19. I swear, these people are trying hard to get ordinary people killed.

    utroukx in reply to Valerie. | October 5, 2020 at 11:47 am

    I’m pretty sure they’d like nothing better than to see us dead. Don’t you remember a few years ago when they did that ad about global warming/climate change where everybody that expressed doubt about it exploded?

    I’m inclined to believe it’s us seniors “they” want dead considering the most vulnerable age group for Covid. What a great way to cut state Medicaid expenses for eldercare and redirect it to the welfare class – making more (D)ependent voters and clearing the voter (R)olls of traditional law-abiding Americans.

This guy should become a FORMER attending physician at Walter Reed hospital. Imagine making yourself the centre of attention for something you have ABSOLUTELY no involvement with.

Must be a liberal eh.

    Actually, the very epitome of typical liberal professional. They are ALWAYS the smartest person in the room, according to the smartest person in the room plus the fawning media that agrees with the smartest person in the room.

      OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to stl. | October 5, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      An old saying goes that:
      “If you find that you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.”

      Which follows the corollary:
      “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

Look, whatever Dr. Phillips is, he is blowing smoke, here.

First of all, the incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to be somewhere between 2 and 6 days after exposure. The 14 day quarantine period is a largely arbitrary number put in place in the early days of the disease. And, in an age of fast turn around exposure tests, it is largely ignored by the medical community. Exactly how many doctors and nurses, who are treating patients with active COVID infections, remain in perpetual quarantine, until 14 days after their last contact with a COVID patient? The doctor is emoting, not giving a scientific explanation. He is indulging in political theater.

Yes, the public appearance was political theater. It was designed to make Trump’s supporters and the American people feel better. And, considering the fallout from the Dems, libs and the media, it was very effective.

    And Reagan walked into the hospital and waved after he was shot.

    The left don’t like men with grit/guts. The left likes pajama boy and Prince Harry.

2smartforlibs | October 5, 2020 at 11:27 am

Even Reagan had a sense of humor when he went in after Hinkley. Trumps know we can’t trust the propaganda machine. Look how they reacted, this set the record straight.

Oh my, will wonders never cease! Secret Service agents risk their lives for the President. Secret Service agents have followed the President around every minute of the day since the virus came from Wuhan. They were with him before he went to the hospital, they are with him in the hospital and will be with him after he leaves the hospital. Even if he loses the election, they will still be with him every day of his life till the day he dies and then they will guard his coffin. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would wager the danger of virus would be somewhere around a 1.

A regular on CNN. I stopped reading at that statement.

Trump is fighting a war against evil, evil that promises to destroy our country and liberty. Just like our soldiers who risked their lives in battle, Trump is risking his life for our country and the same goes for those who attend his campaign rallies. Trump and his supporters deserve medals for risking it all in their battle against evil, victory will bee the reward they deserve.

HIPAA violation?

Is there any other workplace where you can go on a public rant about a customer/patient and still have your job the next day? This in incredibly unprofessional and I would not want this guy to be my doctor.

Being at Walter Reed, is he a military physician? If so would this constitute insubordination?

Guess what Doctor. If the care is sealed to guard against NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) it has state of the art air filtration. As good or better than in a hospital ward.

Attention grabbing cheap shots.

I’m a doctor. lt’s unprofessional – but the whole of academic medicine has been politicized.

Read somewhere that Dr. Phillips is a consultant to CNN

    Another Voice in reply to Neo. | October 5, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    So he has an outside employment relation where his day job gives him access to information not privy (HIPAA) to the public which he in turn sells off for remuneration to a commercial business! He’s gotta go!

Any word on the FLOTUS.
I heard that nobody asked about her at yesterday’s news conference.

Would he deny visiting rights to family and friends? His comment is analogous to a “doctor” who refers to a woman’s child as a “fetus”. Bad bedside manner at best, social distancing at worst.

I suspect that in the near future “all social media comments” will need to be run by legal first.

I am near speechless. How did he think Trump got there in the first place? A drone? And now Twitter is some sort of thermometer?

Why the concern? Does PPE work, or doesn’t it?

Yes, the presidential car is sealed against chemical attack, but it must exhaust the inside air as it takes in (filtered) outside air so the occupants can breath. It’s not much different than a airliner, and people are flying with masks and that’s supposed to be safe. Is it, or isn’t it?

The reply may be “Trump is a known infectious person.” But on an airliner, masks are worn to prevent transmission of COVID from persons who are infectious, but whose infectious status is not realized. Trump’s presence in his vehicle is no different from the presence of an infectious person aboard an airliner. Whether or not the actual presence of an infectious person is known shouldn’t have a bearing on safety or the effectiveness of PPE. Do masks and other PPE work, or not?

    MajorWood in reply to DaveGinOly. | October 5, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    They likley have on-board oxygen and a CO2 scrubber in the vehicle. Think of it as the party-version of close-looped anesthesia.

      DaveGinOly in reply to MajorWood. | October 5, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      Even a closed-loop system would have a filter built into it in case the vehicle’s airtightness was compromised. That way anything contaminant that did get into the vehicle would be continuously removed from the air in the vehicle. This would provide greater safety to the occupants because it would (if so rated) filter viruses out of the air circulating in the vehicle.

This “doctor” is a stupid dope.

Comments above spell it all out. The presidential limousine has filtered air, the occupants CO2 must be expelled.

To pretend that twatter is another indicator, even jokingly, is the domain of the stupid.

He should be relieved immediately.

The attending physician at Walter Reed bit is no longer part of his Twitter profile. He was probably asked to remove it so it didn’t look like he was speaking for the hospital, but he should have had all access denied. I think it’s unethical for a doctor to tweet about a patient at a hospital where he works.

And he appears on CNN. I hope they keep him away from PDJT.

Bette Midler cited Dr. James P. Phillips, a George Washington University physician and sometime CNN guest, who claimed without citing evidence that the Secret Service agents were “commanded by Trump to risk their lives for theater.”

Is this an admission by the Dr. that masks don’t work?

I’ll bet Dr. Phillips will not an attending physician for the president again.

It was fully predictable that the deep state lives at Walter Reed too.

The number of tweets is “close to zero?“ That sounds like you’re saying it is zero. And we know that’s not true. For a cnn contributor who claims to be a doctor, to claim Trump sent “close to zero“ tweets while in the hospital, he’s a quack. And it shows he doesn’t know how to count. And what’s the equivalency between videos and tweets, anyway? How many tweets is a video equivalent to? Three videos within a 24 hour period?

The fool should either give up his medical license or his CNN contributor contract, one or the other. He’s already canceled his credibility.

I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!

Sounds like political commentator and sometime doctor James P. Phillips needs to be treated for TDS…

Fire this Demoncrat and wannabe hitter!

Dr Phillips is so consumed with envy of the president’s vigor and robustness, and the pedestrian public’s demonstrated abundance of adoration and support for their elected, besieged leader that he fails to recognize in his inane critique his own professional deficiencies and buffoonery.

Classic idiot, a certifiable poseur.

I thought it was an article of established faith that masks are a gold standard of protection against covid-19. Robert Redfield said “This face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against Covid than when I take a Covid vaccine”. Why should anybody in that car be quarantined?