Doctors at Walter Reed Medical Center announced at a Monday afternoon press conference that President Donald Trump will be leaving the military hospital and heading back to the White House in the evening.
While the head doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, said that his condition has been “improving,” he noted that the President “may not entirely be out of the woods yet.” He will be taken care of by the White House’s 24-hour medical unit.
Additionally, President Trump has received three doses of Remdesivir and will receive a fourth dose before he departs for the White House at 6:30 pm, Dr. Brian Garibaldi mentioned. He then added that: “We’ve made arrangements to deliver the fifth and final dose of his treatment course at the White House tomorrow evening.”
When asked about the president’s fever, Conley said that: “He has not been on any fever-reducing medication for 72 hours.”
It remains unknown how long Trump will be held up in the White House for, as the presidential election is less than 30 days away.
Dr. Conley also responded to reporters’ questions regarding whether Trump’s driveby of supporters camped outside the hospital on Sunday followed protocol, to which the doctor said that it was carried out safely and that no Secret Service agents were infected.
This follows President Trump announcing in a tweet prior to the 3 pm press conference this news, who also urged people to not be afraid of the virus, despite scientists estimating that a vaccine won’t be available until sometime next year.
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M,” the president wrote. “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!”
Dr. Conley was asked to respond to the President saying not to be afraid of Coronavirus, but he declined to answer.
This is a developing story.
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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