President Trump will be leaving the hospital at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening, despite doctors saying he was "out of the woods" after receiving a cocktail of drugs to treat COVID-19.
74-year-old Trump was inducted into Walter Reed on Friday. He reportedly had difficulty breathing and had a fever. Since then, he's been cared for by the best doctors in the country, driving around in an SUV to wave to fans who lined up outside to greet him. This outraged critics who said he put the lives of intelligence agents at risk for a political stunt.
On Monday, just four days after testing positive with the deadly virus, he tweeted, “I'm leaving the large Walter Reed Medical Center at 6:30 pm today. I feel really good! Do not be afraid of Covid.
"Don't let it dominate your life. We developed some really great drugs and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago!"
Shortly after his message, doctors appeared outside the hospital to say that while Trump wasn't "out of the woods," they were pleased that he was going home.
“We are in uncharted territory with a patient who received the therapies he received so early in the course. If we can reach the weekend and Monday with him as he is, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
They refused to share details about his health, such as the last time he tested negative or if he had to be quarantined when getting out of the car, and cited privacy laws as reasons not to share information such as the results of a lung scan.
Doctors said Trump would get his fourth dose of remdesivir on Monday night before leaving the hospital and his fifth on Tuesday. The president's kidney and liver function is good, they said. His temperature on Monday was 98.1F.
Doctors defended their treatment of him and the decision to fire him, saying he had the best care in the world in the White House.
“Every day that a patient stays in hospital unnecessarily is a risk in itself. Nothing is done here that cannot be safely done at home. That is why we are all cautiously optimistic and wary.
“We are in uncharted territory with a patient who received the therapies he received so early in the course. If we can reach the weekend and Monday with him as he is, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. You will see him shortly.
"He's back," said Dr. Sean Conley on Monday. Dr. Conley cited patient confidentiality laws during the press conference when asked about Trump's lungs.
However, he said that his liver and kidney function were good and that Trump was not putting pressure on doctors to release him, despite reports that he was "finished" with the hospitalization and was "demanding" to be discharged on Sunday.
The president's medical team spoke outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Monday and confirmed that he would be released just four days after testing positive with the virus
The White House posted a photo on Sunday night of Trump participating in a phone call with his chief of staff, Vice President Mike Pence and the Joint Chiefs from his conference room at Walter Reed
“The President was a phenomenal patient while he was here. He worked hand in hand. Today it's got to the point, he's holding court … he's going through all the details, the tests, of what the future is. We went back and forth about what is safe or what is reasonable.
"He never pushed us to do anything that was not wise or reasonable," added Dr. Conley added.
He wouldn't share the results of the president's lung scans.
“He seemed a little dehydrated on Friday, but he recovered from it. Everything looks good. There is no evidence of live viruses that it could transmit to others. We check it out more routinely than waiting 10 days. We'll know as soon as possible – then we'll examine him clinically. How do you feel? How are you? & # 39;
Fourteen people in his inner circle have now tested positive for the deadly virus that killed more than 200,000 Americans.
He has been desperate to return to the White House since Sunday and, according to aides, fears an extended hospital stay will make him look weak.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was the last person in the president's inner circle to test positive for COVID-19 three days after Trump confirmed he was infected.
McEnany, 32, kept working at the White House despite Trump testing positive late Thursday night, and took off her mask on Sunday to brief reporters.
She had been in close contact with the President and others in the White House who tested positive but tested negative themselves repeatedly until Monday.
Her assistant Chad Gilmartin has also tested positive.
"After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning with no symptoms," McEnany said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide the American people with the information they need at this point in time.
"With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and continue to work on behalf of the American people," she noted.
White House staff are tested with rapid test kits every day and have been relying on these results since Trump's diagnosis last week to allow people back into the building, although it is common knowledge that it can take several days for someone to be exposed for them The viral load must be so high that a positive result is obtained.
THURSDAY – Mask free as she gives her briefing (left) and FRIDAY (right) masked after Trump's positive diagnosis. She is shown on the right with her deputy Chad Gilmartin, who tested positive on Saturday. The next day she went to work and informed reporters without a mask
SUNDAY: McEnany took off her mask to speak to reporters on Sunday. She knew by then that her assistant had also tested positive for the virus, but she tested positive by Monday morning. McEnany wore the mask while walking around the rest of the day (right)
Following McEnany's diagnosis on Monday, White House staff received an email reminding them to stay home if they experienced any symptoms. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen were retested and tested negative on Monday.
It comes amid speculation about when Trump, who has been at Walter Reed Medical Center since Friday night, will return to the White House.
Trump called for leaving the hospital on Sunday and is concerned that he looks "weak" as claimed by CNN.
On Monday morning, the president fired 19 early morning tweets reminding America to vote for him and wiping off criticism of his SUV excursion.
A source quoted by CNN said "He is done with the hospital" and is concerned about the impact of his ongoing treatment for COVID-19 on his election chances.
Trump believes being in the hospital makes him look "weak," the source said.
It comes under allegations that the president knew he tested positive for the virus Thursday night but kept it a secret during an interview about Fox.
Other sources cited by the Washington Post said he was bored of staying with Walter Reed and tired of seeing 24/7 news about his condition.
He's desperate to go back to work in the White House, but aides are concerned that leaving early can be more damaging to his health.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows insisted Monday on Fox News that Trump was in good health and "making good progress". Meadows said he was "optimistic" that the president would be released from the hospital on Monday.
Meadows said a decision will be made this afternoon on whether or not to fire Trump but that further consultations are needed.
He also defended Trump's Sunday outing, as did other allies, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Rudy Giuliani.
Meadows said, “He is ready to go back to a normal work schedule. He will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to provide further assessments of his progress. & # 39;
Trump fired 19 tweets in quick succession on Monday, reminding the country to vote for him
In a flood of tweets that began at 6:30 am on Monday, Trump bragged about the stock markets, promised further tax cuts, and listed "Pro Life", "Space Force", "Religious Freedom" and "Law and Order" on why he was back should win.
Over the weekend, Trump posted several video addresses promising to be in good health despite his diagnosis, and the White House shared photos of him working in the hospital.
He claims to have met some of the wounded veterans who are also being treated at the hospital.
On Sunday evening, he surprisingly appeared in front of the hospital to thank the fans who had stood out with signs, flags and banners and wished him a speedy recovery.
Trump said he was touched by the support and wanted to show his appreciation.
But doctors – including one of Walter Reed – say it is irresponsible of him to get into the President's SUV with Secret Service agents and infect them.
Dr. James Phillips, an attending physician to Walter Reed, condemned the president's Sunday afternoon drive, which violated the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
It came as;
- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for COVID-19, making it the youngest person in the president's circle to contract the virus
- Trump has been criticized for taking a pleasure ride with intelligence agents on Sunday to expose them to risk of exposure
- His inner circle said the agents had volunteered; anonymous former agents said they could never have said no and it was "inconsiderate"
- Sources said he was "bored" and "finished with it" in the hospital, desperate to return to the White House, and feared he would look weak the longer he stayed there
- Trump raged on Twitter early that morning, firing 19 tweets in rapid fire to remind the country to vote for him
- Melania Trump has continued to be quarantined at the White House with no plans to expose intelligence agents to the virus
- Several journalists from the White House Press Corp have now tested positive
Meadows put down criticism in an interview with Fox on Monday morning.
TRUMPS INNER CIRCLE THAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID
WEDNESDAY 1ST OCTOBER
Ronna McDaniel, 47th President of the Republican National Convention
McDaniel is said to have been the first positive case. It wasn't released until after Trump's diagnosis.
She was last in contact with Trump on September 25. McDaniel began isolation on September 26 when a member of her family tested positive. She got her results a few days later.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
Hope Hicks, 31, adviser to the President
Hicks was the first reported case and was tied to the president's positive test.
She flew him through the week leading up to the diagnosis and felt uncomfortable on the way back from a rally in Minnesota Wednesday night.
She quarantined Air Force One to stay away from him.
President Donald Trump, 74
Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2nd at 1am. Was taken to Walter Reed on Friday evening, where he stayed on Monday afternoon.
Symptoms reported included difficulty breathing, lethargy, and fever.
On Friday he received an antibody cocktail and other treatments.
First Lady Melania Trump, 50 years old
Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2nd at 1am. She has been quarantined in the White House.
She suffered from mild symptoms such as coughing and headaches, but has repeatedly said that she feels “fine”.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
Ms. John Jenkins, 66, President of Notre Dame University
Jenkins attended the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as Trump's Supreme Court nomination without a mask on Saturday, September 25th.
It is widely believed that the White House Rose Garden event is the source of many infections.
It is not believed to have severe symptoms.
Mike Lee, 49, Republican Senator from Utah
Lee also attended the event in the rose garden and hugged other participants without a mask.
It is also not believed to have severe symptoms.
Bill Stepien, 42, Trump's campaign manager
Stepien tested positive after Trump.
He had mild flu-like symptoms and planned to continue working from home.
He competed in the Cleveland rally on Tuesday night after flying to and from the event with Trump and Hicks on Air Force One.
Michael Shear, 52, White House correspondent for the New York Times, and two other unnamed journalists
The positive diagnoses of the journalists were announced on Friday.
Two attended the SCOTUS event where they said they had been forced into pen-like housings on the back with little space between them.
Hardly any of the guests at the event wore masks, they said.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3
Thom Tillis, 60, Republican Senator from North Carolina
Tillis announced that he tested positive after routinely testing negative.
He said he was asymptomatic.
"I have been routinely tested for COVID-19 for the past few months, including the negative test last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test was positive again," he said in a statement.
Chris Christie, 58, former New Jersey Governor
Christie has been to the White House a lot over the past few weeks and has been to the SCOTUS event.
He tested positive on Saturday and was hospitalized out of caution because of his health problems, including asthma.
Nicholas Luna, 29, Head of Oval Office Operations and "Body Man"
One of Luna's professional requirements is to follow Trump at all times.
He tested positive on Saturday night, more than 24 hours after President Trump
Ron Johnson, 65, Republican Senator from Wisconsin
Johnson was still attending an Oktoberfest Friday night, waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, despite knowing he'd come into contact with others who had tested positive.
He defended it and said it was asymptomatic
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
Kellyanne Conway, 53, former adviser to the President of the White House
Conway and her daughter both tested positive.
Daughter Claudia revealed to Tik Tok that her mother had coughed all over her house
MONDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Kayleigh McEnany, 32, White House Press Secretary
McEnany had tested negative last week after Trump's diagnosis and continued to give press conferences without a mask until Sunday
Chad Gilmartin. Deputy press officer
Karoline Leavitt, deputy press officer
Two unnamed employees who work in the White House residence. According to the New York Times, they were told to use "discretion" in the discussion
The President recognized some people outside of Walter Reed yesterday. That was also criticized.
“How do we think he got here? We got into Marine One. The agent who was with him … we took extra precautions with PSA.
"A number of people are just trying to make a big deal out of it, even though I know I and some Secret Service details are right there to make sure he's protected every day and that he gets back to the White House as soon as possible." possible. & # 39;
Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, also defended the outing. He said today that the agents involved volunteered to drive him and were not under any duress.
The President wanted to thank all supporters. The detail manager and the driver both volunteered for this job. & # 39;
& # 39; You weren't obliged to do that.
& # 39; They volunteered. There was a piece of plexiglass between the two agents and the Preisdent.
“The President wanted to show his supporters how much he values them and show that you can continue to work with COVID-19. He's a leader. He wants to lead. This was the president who thanked his supporters for their support. & # 39;
In an interview with Good morning America On Monday morning, Dr. Phillips made his claims that it was irresponsible.
“I don't know what the benefits of that political stunt were, but I know the risks.
“I worry that the intelligence agents may not know the full risk they are facing.
“As for the Johns Hopkins military and doctors who are caring for this patient, they are excellent. But they are also under undue pressure and influence outside of this normal doctor-patient relationship.
“Influence weighs heavily, and when we are dealing with the most unusual environment we are in right now, the question – and I would like to hear the answer from some military doctors – is where that line lies between this doctor's patient relationship with the commanding officer come in contact and subordinate relationship? & # 39;
Doctors said treating the president with dexamethasone – a steroid used for patients who need supplemental oxygen – is the clearest sign that Trump may have a serious case of Covid-19.
Phillips, chief medical officer in the Emergency Medicine Department at George Washington University and advisor to Covid-19, who specializes in safe reopening, said the presidential vehicle's design, which was specifically modified to protect passengers from attacks, said the Driving made even more dangerous.
"This President's SUV is not only bulletproof, but also hermetically sealed against chemical attack," he continued.
& # 39; The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is amazing. My mind is forced to gamble with the Secret Service.
"Every single person in the vehicle during this completely unnecessary drive by the president has to be quarantined for 14 days," said Phillips.
& # 39; You could get sick. You can die. For political theater. Ordered by Trump to put her life in danger for the theater. This is madness. & # 39;
The CDC website specifically states that COVID patients should stay at home except for medical care.
In its section on advising healthcare workers, the CDC states: "In general, transportation and movement of a patient suspected or confirmed of SARS-CoV-2 infection outside their room should be restricted to medically essential purposes."
Other doctors have had problems with Trump's rosy picture of his health.
In particular, they were surprised at the proposal to release him from Walter Reed on Monday and return to the White House.
"People can be fine, but it can get rocky very quickly," said Amesh Adalja, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.
The experts told the Washington Post that Trump's medical team had withheld vital information about his condition and that he was in a "kitchen sink" with monoclonal antibodies, the antiviral remdesivir and steroids.
"For someone sick enough to need remdesivir and dexamethasone, I cannot imagine a situation where a patient could leave on day three despite the medical capacity of the White House," said Robert Wachter, chairman of the University of California in of the San Francisco Medical Department, the newspaper said.
President Donald Trump made a surprise last minute visit to his supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday, teaching his hospital room to thank the cheering loyalists.
The president wore a suit but no protective gear outside of his face mask. There was a person in the passenger seat wearing a dress, face mask, and face shield.
It was unclear whether the driver was similarly protected. The president went to the hospital Friday night after testing positive for the coronavirus.
A second doctor, Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, repeated the conviction of Dr. Phillips.
"By taking a pleasure trip outside Walter Reed, the president is putting his intelligence detail at serious risk," he said.
“If we come into close contact with a COVID patient in the hospital, we wear full PPE: dress, gloves, N95, eye protection, hat. That is the level of irresponsibility. & # 39;
And Dr. Craig Spencer, an Ebola survivor who is currently director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia University, was shocked by the president's "jaunt".
"Moments after saying, 'I've learned a lot about COVID,' the president is taking a ride in an enclosed space with people believed to be # COVID19 negative while taking experimental drugs," he said.
NBC News' Peter Alexander said Sunday night that he asked why Melania Trump wasn't visiting her husband and was told she didn't want anyone else to get infected.
"Reminder: A White House official told me Saturday that the first lady would not visit Trump at Walter Reed's because" she has COVID and that would expose the agents who would be driving her there, "he tweeted.
The White House said the president made a short trip and then returned to the presidential suite in the hospital.
"President Trump took a quick last minute ride to wave to his supporters outside and has now returned to Walter Reed's presidential suite," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
In carrying out this movement, reasonable precautions were taken to protect the President and all supporters, including the PSA. The move was approved as safe by the medical team. & # 39;
The White House press corps issued a statement denouncing the Trump administration for failing to inform them of his whereabouts.
They had not been warned that the president would be leaving the hospital, which was against standard protocol to keep pool reporters informed.
"It is outrageous that the president left the hospital – even briefly – in a health crisis with no protection pool to make sure the American people know where their president is and how he is," the White House Correspondents Association said in an opinion.
"More than ever, the American public deserves independent coverage of the president so that it can be reliably informed of his health."
Trump's supporters gathered outside the Bethesda, Maryland hospital – and many were not wearing face masks.
People carried 'Make America Great Again' paraphernalia, waved campaign signs, and raised American flags.
One woman waved a "We (heart) and Mr. Trump" sign, while another man waved a "We (heart) Trump" sign.
The president posted a video on his Twitter account shortly before his outdoor visit indicating he was about to leave.
He also said he visited soldiers at the military hospital and learned a lot about COVID, which has infected more than seven million Americans.
He began his brief remarks by thanking the medical staff who looked after him, adding that he had met some of the soldiers.
Trump was driven by his followers where he waved to them from the SUV and he wore a face mask during the short trip. Critics say the short trip was inconsiderate and put his intelligence agents at risk. Some anonymous former agents claimed they had no choice but to do so. The White House says it did not, that the agents volunteered and that they were separated from Trump by plexiglass in the vehicle
Jump in his defense: Rudy Giuliani and Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign managers, went to various television networks on Monday to defend the Sunday drive by, which intelligence agents volunteered for
A sign from the supporter outside the Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday morning. Fans have been there since Trump was admitted on Friday night
Trump supporters in front of Walter Reed on Monday morning. The hospital has had a strong presence since Trump was admitted on Friday night
The fans in front of Walter Reed on Monday morning. Some kept their hands on their hearts as they prayed for Trump's recovery
Trump supporters waved American flags and Make America Great Again advertising signs outside Walter Reed Hospital on Sunday
The crowd has gathered outside the hospital to cheer Trump on Sunday and shout out their support
The President did not say what precautions were taken for his meetings.
"I also think we will give some of the great patriots a little surprise," he said, indicating his outside visit.
"They have Trump flags and they love our country so I'm not telling anyone but you, but I'm going to make a little surprise visit so maybe I'll get there before you see me."
He said he has learned a lot about the coronavirus since being flown to the hospital in a helicopter on Friday.
& # 39; It was a very interesting trip. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned by actually going to school. This is the right school, ”he said.
“In the meantime, we love the US and we love what happens. Thank you. & # 39; The president's doctors said on Sunday that he could be released from Walter Reed on Monday.
Trump's best doctor said he was given a steroid and given oxygen to treat COVID-19.
"Our plan for today is for him to eat and drink, get out of bed as much as possible, and be mobile," said Dr. Brian Garibaldi, one of the doctors on Trump's team.
"And if he continues to look and feel the way he does today, we hope we can plan a discharge to the White House tomorrow, where he can continue his treatment course."
He also revealed that Trump would continue to take doses of remdesivir, a broad spectrum antiviral drug, and dexamethasone, a steroid, regardless of whether he stays with Walter Reed or is brought to the White House.
The President's Chief Medical Officer, Navy Commander Sean Conley, admitted trying to come up with a rosy description of the President's condition.
THE FEE OF COVID FROM SCOTUS NOMINEE EVENT
1. President Donald Trump, 74; 2. First Lady Melania Trump, 50 years old; 3. Br. John Jenkins, 66th President of the University of Notre Dame; 4. Mike Lee, 49th Republican Senator from Utah; 5. Thom Tillis, 60th Republican Senator from North Carolina; 6. Kellyanne Conway, 53, former adviser to the President of the White House; 7. Chris Christie, 58th Former New Jersey Governor; 8. Kayleigh McEnany, 32nd White House Press Secretary; 9. Chad Gilmartin. Deputy Press Officer, 10/22 Karoline Leavitt, 23rd Deputy Press Officer
* Bill Barr, 70: Self-isolating out of caution.
AT AN EVENT AND ON THE BACK OF THE ROSE GARDEN
11. Hope Hicks, 31st adviser to the President; 12. Bill Stepien, 42nd Trump Campaign Manager; 13. Nicholas Luna, 29th Chief of Oval Office Operations and "Body Man"; 14. Unnamed White House reporter
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