It is being slated as a completely irresponsible act. The president took a ride outside his hospital confinement. This was to show the American public that he was up and about and still in control. However, as always controversy dogged him for placing the lives of secret service agents at risk. They must follow orders and cannot deny following on the grounds they are at in-service personal danger. Personal danger is part of the job of a secret service agent. Some, however, voiced their opinion that it was wrong for the president to expose them to that risk. after all it was a publicity stunt as others have termed it.
The response has been that every precaution was taken to protect the agents sealed in the car with him. as a result it was also approved by the medical team too.