Several members of the Indian American community held a prayer vigil outside Walter Reed Hospital, MD on the evening of October 4 wishing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a speedy recovery.
The president was admitted to the hospital on October 2 after he announced that he and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19.
A Hindu American organization calling itself ‘Sentinels of Dharma’ was responsible for organizing the event.
During the prayer meeting, Indian Americans also endorsed President Trump in his re-election bid and reached out to other community members all over the country to campaign in his favor.
President Trump could be released from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as soon as Oct. 5, his medical team said in an update Sunday to members of the White House press pool, as the president continues his treatment of dexamethasone and Remdesivir to fight coronavirus.
Dr. Sean Conley said Trump has experienced two episodes of transient drops in oxygen levels. From Thursday into Friday morning, Conley said Trump was doing well with mild symptoms and oxygen levels in the high 90s. By later Friday morning, the president had a high fever and his oxygen levels began dipping below 94 percent.
Dozens of Indian-Americans stood outside the hospital waving Trump 2020 flags and holding signs since President Trump was admitted. American flags and flowers were piling up on the sign outside the hospital facility. Trump thanked his supporters Sunday morning on Twitter saying, “They have been out there for a long time. They have Trump flags and everything. They love our country.”
“Members of the #Hindu community joined 100s of well-wishers outside #WalterReedHospital & prayed for @realDonaldTrump & @FLOTUS. I couldn’t be there physically, but was able to recite ‘Mahamrityunjaya mantra’ with the participants virtually. Glad my placard made it to the prayer,” Nisha Sharma, congressional candidate from California District 11 tweeted on October 4, 2020.
(Shruti Dhawan of News India Times added to this report)