Inside the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed: Secure Communications, Protective Devices, a Dining Room With a Crystal Chandelier and World Class Hospital Care Where Trump Will Be Treated for Coronavirus Plague and Run the Country

Now that he has arrived at Walter Reed National Medical Center for observation and treatment for COV-19, President Trump will be in the hands of 7,000 or so staff members including some of the nation’s top doctors.

Trump will stay in the hospital’s designated Presidential Suite, a lavish portion of one of its 88 buildings.

Known as Ward 71, the Presidential Suite is one of six special patient rooms reserved for high-ranking military officers and members of the White House cabinet.

The suite is ‘specially outfitted with protective devices and communications gear used in support of the president,’ wrote Rear Admiral Connie Mariano, who served as a physician to both presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and was director of the White House Medical Unit.

The White House said that Trump will be ‘working’ from the Presidential Suite during a stay of a ‘few days,’ but many speculate that his hospitalization suggests the president is much sicker than official statements let on.

Walter Reed also has an Institute of Research at Silver Spring, nearby the hospital in Maryland, where scientists develop vaccines and treatments for infectious diseases like COVID-19 in a state-of-the-art facility.

But the hospital has a checkered past. It was mired in a scandal over accusations of neglect that led to the deaths of deaths of several soldiers being treated there in 2007, and had to be completely revamped.

Walter Reed considers itself ‘The Nation’s Medical Center,’ and is the figurehead of military care in the US.

Its 7,100 staff members are spread out across 100 clinics and specialties.

Because it serves the nation’s leaders, the hospital is outfitted with a wing dedicated to visitors from the highest offices: the President and Vice President are typically treated at the Medical Evaluation and Treatment Unit (METU).

The METU is secure, private and separate from the sprawling hospital’s other wards.

With a dining room lit by a crystal chandelier and, a desk a few steps from the hospital bed and rooms decked out with couches for receiving visitors as well as security technology, it’s equipped for Trump to continue to carry out his presidential duties.

What facilities Walter Reed has that will aid President Trump’s recovery from COVID-19 is less clear.

The hospital – located about nine miles from the White House – has 244 beds in total, and 50 ICU beds.

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Source: Daily Mail