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President Donald Trump has tweeted that he plans to leave Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday evening.

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(TMU) – President Donald Trump has tweeted that he plans to leave Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday evening as the coronavirus continues to spread through the White House.

“Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” he wrote in the tweet. “We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

The surprise announcement comes after the president spent the weekend at the hospital after being urgently admitted on Friday. His medical team is believed to brief the public on Trump’s condition at 3 p.m. ET.

Trump is said to be eager to return to the White House as soon as possible while drama continues to mount and speculation swirls about the scale of the virus’s toll on the White House.

On Sunday, Trump’s personal physician, Sean Conley, admitted that he had given an overly rosy perspective of the president’s condition.

“I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction, and in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true,” he said.

Conley admitted that Trump had a “high fever” on Friday and his blood oxygen levels plunged on two occasions, in one case requiring that he be given supplemental oxygen.

The update came after the president’s chief of staff gave an alarming update about the president’s condition, stating off the record that Trump’s condition was “very concerning” and adding that “we’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.” The comments enraged the president and West Wing staffers, according to reports.

On Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that she, too, tested positive for the virus and would begin the quarantine process. While McEnany had said she previously tested negative a number of times, she has spoken to reporters outside the White House over the weekend, and has not been wearing a mask.

Two other members of the White House press team, Karoline Leavitt and Chad Gilmartin – a relative of McEnany – have also tested positive.

Vice President Mike Pence is not quarantining as the virus spreads through the White House, and is scheduled to travel to Utah to prepare for the Wednesday night vice-presidential debate with Democratic Party rival Sen. Kamala Harris.

Trump has been impatient to return to the White House and was pushing to be discharged on Sunday, according to people close to the events, in part due to his eagerness to prove to the country that he is fully functional and not bedridden by the virus.

However, Trump’s doctors insisted that he not leave the hospital.

He drove slowly past crowds of supporters across from the hospital to reassure them about the state of his health.

James Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed and doctor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, called the joyride an example of “insanity.”

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die,” he said in a tweet. “For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

Medical professionals seem to believe that Trump’s illness may be far more serious than the White House is letting on, especially given that the infectious disease is being treated by a number of experimental drugs and therapeutics that are administered intravenously.

Doctors say that he is undergoing a five-day antiviral treatment regime that includes dexamethasone, a steroid meant to prevent immune system overreactions that have been fatal in other patients as inflammatory response to the disease trigger cascading serious symptoms including blood clots and organ failure. The treatment is typically reserved only for those suffering severe illness.

Due to Trump’s age, 74, physicians have expressed alarm about the possibility that subtle symptoms could persist and eventually give way to pneumonia and severe sickness. Another common early symptom is a drop in mental acuity and periods of confusion.

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Cliffhanger: Mountain Biker Saved From “Imminent Death” After Falling Into Canyon

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A Southern California mountain biker is likely counting his blessings after he was rescued from what authorities describe as “imminent death”” after falling from the side of a cliff in the Angeles National Forest.

The mountain biker, described as an older man, fell into the canyon at Mt. Wilson on Thursday morning and was dangling hundreds of feet above the ground before his fellow bikers, and eventually a special team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, rescued him.

For some time the man dangled by a thin cord around his ankle that was tied to his bicycle while hanging on for dear life “like a cat,” Capt. Tom Giandomenico of the LASD special enforcement bureau told the Los Angeles Times.

“He knew he was in such a precarious situation. He was just scared to even rotate his head to look at us. He just didn’t want to move a muscle,” LASD Deputy Richard Thomsen told CBSLA.

Additionally, when the helicopter team arrived it wasn’t just a matter of simply hoisting the man to safety, as the air generated by the helicopter’s rotor would have sent the man plummeting to “imminent death,” Giandomenico added.

“Because he was head-down on the rock face there, that dropped probably a good 40 feet before it hit some soft dirt and a boulder,” Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Helbring said. “And beyond that was hundreds of feet down to the bottom of the canyon.”

Instead, one of the members of the special enforcement team composed of former SWAT officers devised a plan to rappel down to the man and move him to a ledge below, from which the two could be airlifted to safety.

However, due to a lack of boulders or trees, there was nothing to tie a rope to – and thus no way to rappel down to anything.

So instead, the special enforcement team used the man’s brother and another friend to be their anchor, a plan that ultimately succeeded.

Giandomenico called the rescue “one of the more significant, courageous maneuvers I’ve seen.”

“Heroic, in my opinion,” he added.

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Scientists Create First-Ever Embryos With Monkey and Human Cells

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For the first time, scientists have created embryos in a lab that contain the cells of both humans and monkeys.

Scientists hope that by creating chimeric embryos – embryos containing cells from two distinct species – they might be able to create organs for people who desperately need transplants.

Over 100,000 people in the United States lone are currently on a waiting list for organ transplants crucial to saving their lives, but the supply of donor organs has dropped significantly since the pandemic began unfolding.

Researchers have attempted to inject human stem cells into the embryos of pigs and sheep in recent years in hopes of growing organs for transplants, but this hasn’t yielded positive results. Scientists are hoping that by turning to macaque monkeys, which share a greater genetic similarity to humans, they may have more success.

In a study published Thursday in the journal Cell, researchers in the U.S. and China injected 25  pluripotent stem cells from humans into embryos from macaque monkeys.

After one day, the researchers detected human cells beginning to grow in 132 of the embryos. They embryos ultimately survived for 19 days.

However, bioethicists have raised concerns about the potential for abusing medical regulations that currently govern the treatment of animal and human subjects, as well as the possibility that a rogue scientists might potentially spike living creatures with human cells.

“My first question is: Why?” Kirstin Matthews, a science and technology fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, told NPR. “I think the public is going to be concerned, and I am as well, that we’re just kind of pushing forward with science without having a proper conversation about what we should or should not do.”

Researchers insist that the study serves purely humanitarian goals that could save countless lives in the future.

“This work is an important step that provides very compelling evidence that someday when we understand fully what the process is we could make them develop into a heart or a kidney or lungs,” said University of Michigan professor Jeffrey Platt, who was not involved in the study.

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US Cop Shares Tiktok Video Showing How It’s Impossible To Confuse Taser for a Gun

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In recent years, policing in the United States has received a much-needed reexamination, with many demanding changes to law enforcement or even its defunding and dismantling in light of high-profile killings committed by police officers.

However, one U.S. police officer has shared a video where he points out that in at least some fatal police encounters, simple common sense can save lives.

In a video shared to TikTok by user @brianb1504, the officer points out the differences between a pistol and a Taser. The video is a seeming response to the recent slaying of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by Minnesota police officer Kim Potter.

In the video, Officer Brian can be seen loading his belt with the firearm and less-lethal weapon, noting that his pistol is “dominant” while the bright yellow plastic taser is “not so dominant.

“Huge weight difference, guys – I don’t understand how we can mistake a taser for a gun or a gun for a taser,” Brian continues.

“If you’re in the heat of the moment and you do something like that, you shouldn’t be doing this job,” he adds.

Continuing, Brian notes that he is sick and tired of the lousy state of police-community relations resulting from the actions of killer cops.

“I’m not going to put my life on the line to try and fix your stupidity and deal with restoring the peace with my public that I serve just because of your stupid actions,” Brian said.

“It makes no sense. 99 percent of our job is communication. You don’t have to be quick to pull out a gun or a taser on somebody and think everybody’s a threat,” he said. “Not everybody’s a threat. Try talking to them, get to know these people.”

While the account seems to have disappeared, it received upwards of 6 million views along with over 1.5 million likes and thousands of comments across the platform.

The video comes as the United States braces itself for more protests following the police killing of Daunte Wright by Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Police Chief Tim Gannon claims that Potter was trying to tase Wright but he died as a result of an “accidental discharge.

Potter has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years behind bars and/or a $20,000 fine.

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