DONALD Trump supposedly wanted to rip open his shirt to reveal a Superman logo as he checked out of hospital, according to a bizarre report.
It is claimed he floated the idea for the stunt inside his suite at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while receiving treatment for coronavirus.
However, the New York Times report is pinned on an unnamed source and comes after the president dubbed its "expose" into his tax affairs "fake news."
It claims the president suggested he wanted to at first appear frail when leaving the hospital but would secretly be wearing a hidden Superman T-shirt.
He reportedly planned on pulling open his work shirt to reveal the top as a "show of strength to the American people" amid the pandemic, says the unconfirmed report.
The NYT said the idea was first raised by the president during several phone calls from the hospital’s presidential suite.
Neither Trump or the White House has yet commented on the report but 'Superman' was trending on Twitter after it surfaced.
Trump’s actual arrival back at the White House was still carefully coordinated for the cameras.
He walked out of Walter Reed on Monday gestured with a thumbs-up before stepping into an SUV to take him to a waiting navy helicopter.
After landing back on the South Lawn, he climbed the staircase, took off his mask and saluted from the South Portico balcony.
He later shared a video of his dramatic arrival on social media complete with a Hollywood-style soundtrack.
Trump announced he was diagnosed with Covid-19 on October 2 and was taken to the hospital the next day and given the anti-viral drug remdesivir.
In addition, he was dosed with an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron and put on the steroid dexamethasone.
Days before going into hospital, he branded a NYT report claiming he paid no income tax for 10 years and only $750 federal taxes in 2017 as "totally fake news".
During a press briefing at the White House just one hour after the figures were published, he denied the bombshell claims, saying they were "made up."
A lawyer for the Trump organization, Alan Garten, said the article was "riddled with gross inaccuracies."
Garten said: "Over the past decade the President has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government."
The NYT has recently faced claims of bias towards Trump and his team.
And in February, Trump’s presidential campaign sued the publication for libel, accusing it of publishing “false statements” about an alleged conspiracy with Russia in a March 2019 opinion piece.
On Saturday, Trump made his first appearance at a public event at the White House since the September 26 Rose Garden 'superspreader' event.
During a speech at the event organized in partnership with Candace Owens' Blexit group, Trump said that he was "feeling great" after his hospital stay and being put on the various treatment drugs.
He also said that a coronavirus vaccine would be "out very soon" and that the virus itself would be eradicated "very soon."
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