Nevada doctor rebukes Trump’s suggestion that photo of COVID medical unit was fake

When five patients died of the coronavirus in a 32-hour span at Renown Regional Medical Center, Jacob Keeperman turned to Twitter on Sunday to thank his colleagues in Reno, Nev., for all their support, tweeting out a recent selfie of him on the day the alternate care site had opened.

“Everyone is struggling to keep their head up,” the ICU physician tweeted. “Stay strong.”

But his message took on a different meaning Tuesday when President Trump retweeted a conservative lifestyle blog that falsely claimed Keeperman’s selfie in front of empty hospital beds proved that the coronavirus pandemic was a hoax.

In an interview Tuesday night, Keeperman, 43, said he was saddened that the president had shared his photo for political purposes.