The doctor who criticized President Trump on Twitter during his bout with COVID just got the boot from Walter Reed.
Dr. James Phillips openly criticized Trump for taking a ride to see his supporters while he was battling the virus in October.
According to reports, the doctor was “removed” from the hospitals schedule, and the reasoning behind this still hasn’t been confirmed.
The original tweet, which has now been deleted, called out the president for being irresponsible.
“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Phillips tweeted. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”
The doctor is the chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University but is a contract doctor at Walter Reed through GW Medical Faculty Associates. It is unclear why the doctor was taken off the schedule.
A media relations employee at George Washington University School of Medicine toldCBS News the doctor is still on staff with them.
“While we cannot comment on the scheduling assignments of our providers, we can confirm that he continues to be employed at the GW Medical Faculty Associates,” said Lisa Anderson, assistant director of media relations.
Earlier this month, Walter Reed said the facility “provides requirements for contract positions,” per CBS. “Schedules are determined by the contractor. There was no decision made by anyone at WRNMMC to remove Dr. Phillips from the schedule.”
Maybe it was Dr. Phillip’s sharp political tongue that officially got him the boot.
Or maybe it was due to something even more serious.
Either way, it’s probably better that he not practice in an environment that encourages him to be so politically biased.
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