Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell said he believes President Trump must continue to project an image that despite being hospitalized with coronavirus, he is still responsible for the country.
Trump tested positive for the disease late Thursday evening and was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday evening.
Swalwell spoke to Joy Reid on MSNBC about how he believes "our enemies are watching" and that the president must continue to video messages daily to avoid the country falling into a national security crisis.
California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell has shared concern that Trump's hospital stay could be viewed as a sign of enemy weakness
Speaking on MSNBC, he explained how important it is for the President to be able to make personal statements on a daily basis
"We are in the midst of a totally preventable national security crisis, and if the President of the United States can get this [disease] it is a pretty clear sign that we are not doing enough nationwide and that this crisis is not being controlled." Swalwell said.
“I really believe that we are a country that follows our leaders, and when the leader of the country does not wear a mask and mocks others, that are Wearing masks will have a trickle down effect that not everyone will be wearing masks. & # 39;
Swalwell shared his fears that should one of America's enemies discover a moment of weakness, they might seize the opportunity.
“We are exposed to many threats worldwide, not only from nation states, but also from individual actors who want to harm us. So it is very important that as long as the President can project that he is in command and control, he should do so even if it is virtual. He should do this every day, ”observed Swalwell.
Swalwell shared how relieved he was to see Trump approach Marine One unassisted on Friday. The 74-year-old president gave a thumbs up as he walked from the White House to the helicopter as he was rushed to the hospital on Friday night
"The second an opponent believes there is a problem with command and control in the United States, they might try to use this as an opportunity to strike against us, be it an ally of ours or a US Person overseas or even god forbids US persons here. So if the president is sane and capable, I think it would be a good thing to demonstrate. I promise you, our enemies are watching right now. & # 39;
During the interview on Saturday, he shared how relieved he was to see Trump approach Marine One unassisted on Friday.
I was encouraged to watch the president run to the helicopter and give my thumbs up. What happens again tomorrow will be important because our opponents are watching. & # 39;
Before traveling to the hospital, Trump posted an 18-second video message to the nation saying he was going to be hospitalized but said, "I think I am very fine."
"We'll make sure everything goes well," he said, adding that the first lady is "very well" too.
President Trump held an address in a Twitter video on Saturday saying he was "starting to feel good".
On Saturday night, President Trump said he was starting to feel better as he sent an update on his coronavirus diagnosis from Walter Reed Military Hospital.
"I'm starting to feel good," the president said in a video posted on Twitter as he pledged to fight the virus for COVID-19 patients "around the world".
Trump, 74, added that the treatments he receives were "miracles from God" when he stated that First Lady Melania Trump's symptoms were not as severe as his own.
"We're both fine," said Trump in the four-minute Twitter video.
& # 39; Melania handles it really well. As you've probably read, she's a little younger than me, just a little, ”he said of his 50-year-old wife.
“And that's why we know the disease, we know the situation with age compared to younger people and Melania statistically treats it the way it should be treated, and that makes me very happy, and it makes the country very happy, but me it’s also We’re fine and I think we’ll achieve a very good result again. & # 39;