President Tweety McTreason, who was hospitalized over a week ago after contracting the novel coronavirus, floated an idea to surprise observers by ripping open his button-down shirt to reveal a Superman t-shirt underneath, according to a New York Times report published Saturday.
Trump made several calls during his stay at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week, in which he proposed the idea of first appearing physically weak to observers, people familiar with the matter reportedly said.
“In several phone calls last weekend from the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Mr. Trump shared an idea he was considering: When he left the hospital, he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer,” The Times reported.
“He ultimately did not go ahead with the stunt,” the newspaper added.
Trump announced he was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Friday, October 2.
By the next night, Trump was transported by helicopter to Walter Reed and began taking remdesivir, an anti-viral drug. He was also given an experimental antibody cocktail from the drugmaker Regeneron, and later placed on the steroid dexamethasone.
Unnamed Trump advisors and other associates reportedly described the president as being “very tired, very fatigued and having some trouble breathing,” according to CNN.
By Monday, Trump walked out of the hospital.
“Don’t let it dominate you,” Trump said in a recorded video. “Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it.”
As of October, over 210,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the US.