President Trump is furious with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows after he reportedly contradicted a more optimistic health assessment by the president's doctor on Saturday.
Meadows appeared blown away on Sunday as he sat with his head bowed and his hands rubbed over his forehead as Navy Commander Sean Conley spoke to the media about Trump's COVID-19 forecast.
Two sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN that Trump was outraged to learn that Meadows was the previously unnamed official to release a worrying update on his progress.
& # 39; The President's vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical to his upkeep. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery, ”Meadows told a background reporter.
Meadows rubbed his forehead (left and right) on Sunday as Dr. Conley spoke to reporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after it became known that the chief of staff told reporters that President Trump's health was "a matter of concern."
Sources told CNN that President Trump (pictured) was "angry" at Mark Meadows for contradicting his doctor's more optimistic assessment of his COVID-19 prognosis
The coverage was originally attributed to an official familiar with Trump's current condition, but the Associated Press and the New York Times later identified the source as Meadows.
The Meadows revelation directly contradicted Conley's assessment, who stated the Commander-in-Chief was "in exceptionally good spirits" and "in good shape."
A White House official told CNN that Trump was upset by the mixed news regarding his health and that Trump's advisors viewed Meadows 'indiscretion as a crushing blow to the health briefings' credibility.
In response, a senior Republican criticized Meadows and downplayed his knowledge of the president's health.
"Anyone who receives medical / psychological advice from the chief of staff or his communications team should have their head examined," the senior Republican told DailyMail.com.
"It's badly handled," the person continued, "whether the president is fit as a violin or on his deathbed."
Meadows (center) previously told reporters that Trump's vital signs have been very worrying for the past 24 hours and the next 48 hours will be critical to his upkeep. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery. & # 39;
Meadows tried to retrace his earlier comments during a Fox News interview on Sunday in which he said Trump had seen "incredible improvements". He also admitted that Trump's blood oxygen levels "dropped rapidly".
The Trump administration appears to be countering the conflicting reports with the president posting a video on Saturday.
"I just want to tell you that I'm starting to feel good," Trump proclaimed to his 86 million Twitter followers.
“You won't know for the next few days, I think that's the real test. So we'll see what happens in the next few days. & # 39;
On Sunday, the president's doctors said he could be released from Walter Reed Medical Center as early as Monday, as Trump's top doctor explained at length that he was given a steroid and received 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 stated that Trump would continue to take doses of remdesivir, a broad spectrum antiviral drug, and dexamethasone, a steroid, whether he stays with Walter Reed or is brought to the White House.
Under pressure from conflicting information he and the White House released the previous day, the president's top doctor, Conley, admitted he had tried to come up with a rosy description of the president's condition.
The President's Doctor Dr. Sean Conley, a Navy commander, had to explain during the Sunday briefing that there was some confusion about Trump's condition because Chief of Staff Mark Meadow's comments had been "misinterpreted".
“I tried to reflect the optimistic attitude of the team about the president and his illness. I didn't want to give any information that might reverse the course of the disease, ”Conley said. “And it was like trying to hide something that wasn't necessarily true. The fact is, he's really fine. & # 39;
Conley also denied blame during the briefing, claiming there was some confusion about Trump's condition because of Meadow's comments being misrepresented. "The chief and I work side by side," Conley said over Meadows. "And I think his statement was misinterpreted."
“What he meant was that 24 hours ago when he and I checked the President, there was this momentary episode of high fever. And this temporary drop in saturation that caused us to act expediently to get him here, ”he said of the President's swift move from the White House to Walter Reed on Friday.
"Fortunately, this was a very temporary, limited episode," he continued in a briefing with a press outside the hospital center. & # 39; A few hours later he was up again, mild again. I'm not going to speculate on what this limited episode was all about so early in the course. But he's fine. & # 39;
Donald Trump's doctors announced on Sunday that they were treating the president with a steroid and oxygenating him on Saturday as they were concerned about the rapid progression of the virus
"If he continues to look and feel as good as he does today, we hope we can plan a discharge to the White House tomorrow, where he can continue his treatment course," said Garibaldi
The masked doctors gave their second update on Trump's condition within two days when questions emerged about conflicting statements about the progress of the disease and its treatment
Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence both tested negative for coronavirus on Sunday, paving the way for the vice president to take power in the event the president becomes incapacitated.
WHAT IS DEXAMETHASONE?
Oxford University researchers announced in June that the steroid drug dexamethasone – which costs just over $ 3 for treatment – reduces the risk of death for infected patients on ventilators by up to 35 percent and for anyone who has oxygen at any point needed to decrease one fifth.
After the news, World Health Organization (WHO) chiefs said they would update their guidelines for treatment for Covid-19 to include dexamethasone.
WHO wrote: “It was tested in the UK's national clinical study RECOVERY on hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and has benefits for critically ill patients.
"Based on preliminary evidence shared with WHO (and now available in preprint), treatment has been shown to reduce mortality by approximately one-third in ventilator patients and lower mortality in patients who require oxygen only lowered by about a fifth. "
It didn't seem to help less sick patients.
The researchers estimated that the drug would prevent one death for every eight patients treated with breathing apparatus and one for every 25 patients treated with supplemental oxygen alone.
The steroid drug is a type of anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
It is given by injection or tablet once a day and is sold under the brand names Ozurdex and Baycadron.
In coronavirus patients, the steroid reduces inflammation in the lungs caused by an overreaction of the immune system.
It is believed that one in 10 symptomatic Covid-19 patients will have the nasty symptom known as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
ARDS causes the immune system to become overactive and attack healthy cells in the lungs.
This makes breathing difficult and the body eventually struggles to get enough oxygen to vital organs.
Dexamethasone was first made in 1957 and approved for medical use in 1961.
The steroid is also used to treat conditions that cause inflammation, conditions related to the activity of the immune system, and hormone deficiencies.
- allergic reaction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Flare-ups from bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis
- multiple sclerosis
- Pre-treatment for chemotherapy to reduce inflammation and side effects of cancer drugs
- Adrenal insufficiency (a condition where the adrenal glands do not make enough hormones)
Dexamethasone is known to cause a number of mild to moderate side effects, including vomiting, heartburn, anxiety, high blood pressure, muscle weakness, and insomnia.
Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon, writing, “I really appreciate all of the fans and supporters outside of the hospital. The fact is, they really love our country and see us making it bigger than ever before! & # 39;
Conley, a Navy commander and doctor to the president, announced during the briefing that Trump was being treated with the steroid dexamethasone after a drop in oxygen levels on Saturday.
& # 39; In the course of his illness, the President has seen two episodes of temporary drops in his oxygen saturation. We discussed the reasons for this and whether we would intervene at all. As a team's statement, based primarily on the diagnosis schedule, that we are initiating dexamethasone, ”Conley said.
The doctor then outlined the schedule for Trump's treatment and Friday's decision to move him to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just hours after the president announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus.
& # 39; Thursday night through Friday morning when I got out of bed the President was fine with only mild symptoms and his oxygen was in his high 90s. Late Friday morning when I got back to bed, the president had a high fever and his oxygen levels temporarily dropped below 94 percent, ”Conley said.
"Given these two developments, I was concerned about the potential for rapid disease progression," he continued. "I recommended that the president try supplemental oxygen."
Conley said Trump was very convinced that he didn't need it. Wasn't short of breath. He was tired, had a fever and that was it. & # 39;
He said that after a minute of oxygen, Trump's levels were back above 95 percent – but he kept the president informed for about an hour.
Conley stated that the president's oxygen levels hadn't dropped into the 80s, reiterating that he got up shortly after the "passing" episode.
One doctor said Trump told them, "I feel like I could get out of here today."
In an update on Saturday, Conley wrote, “Tonight he completed his second dose of remdesivir with no complications. He stays fever-free the whole day and without additional oxygen with a degree of saturation between 96% and 98%. & # 39;
He spent most of the afternoon doing business and was in the medical suite with no trouble. Although the team is not out of the woods yet, it remains cautiously optimistic, ”the White House doctor continued.
"Tomorrow's plan is to continue monitoring between doses of remdesivir, closely monitoring its clinical status, while fully supporting its performance of the President's duties."
A few hours later, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere posted a picture of Trump working from the hospital until late at night.
The new comments from the president's medical team on Sunday come as Trump's campaign advisors Stephen Miller and Steve Cortes claimed the president was eager to get back on the running on Sunday, even after Conley said on Saturday he was not "out of the woods." ".
Miller, the campaign's senior advisor, said he spoke to Trump recently and the president told him he would defeat this virus … and our campaign will defeat this virus.
"As soon as he's out of the hospital, he's ready to go back to campaign," NBC's Miller Chuck Todd told Meet the Press during a Sunday morning interview. "He sounded pretty energetic."
“But he said something else that I thought was important,” Miller said, “and that should be careful, and that should remind people to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, and make sure you do socially can not distance, distance to wear a mask. And I thought this was pretty important news and a reminder for the rest of the country. & # 39;
Another senior campaign advisor, Cortes, affirmed the president's fitness during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
"He's fine," said Cortes.
"We spoke with the president yesterday, we mean campaign officers," said Cortes. "He was more optimistic and confident than ever before."
He added: "This president will recover, we are very confident of that."
Trump announced on Twitter overnight on Thursday that he and First Lady Melania tested positive for coronavirus when the two took a test after it was revealed that President's aide Hope Hicks had received a positive diagnosis hours earlier.
How Mark Meadows enraged Trump by telling reporters that his "vital signs" are very worrying on a confidential health update
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows' revelation to reporters that Donald Trump's "livelihoods are very worrying" angered the president and prompted him to post an optimistic video update on his condition on Saturday.
The New York Times claimed that people close to the situation said Trump was angry at the comments and acted to counter the perception that he was very ill.
The president uploaded the four-minute video to his Twitter page on Saturday night saying he was "much better" and fighting the coronavirus as his doctor optimistically updated his symptoms.
Even earlier in the day, Meadows was caught asking to go off files with White House reporters after an "anonymous" source revealed the true extent of the president's condition.
& # 39; The President's vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical to his upkeep. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery, "Meadows told reporters on the condition that he could not be identified.
He was later named as the source of the quote.
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows' revelation to reporters that Donald Trump's "vital signs are very worrisome" angered the president and prompted him to post an optimistic video update on his condition on Saturday
Meadows' comments came shortly after a White House medical team said Trump's condition was improving and he was already talking about returning to the White House.
One doctor said Trump told them, "I feel like I could get out of here today."
Meadows didn't clear up the discrepancy in his comments.
A Trump adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the president was not pleased to hear of Meadows' initial remarks, according to Reuters.
Hours later, the president posted a video from the hospital fighting Covid-19. He said he would improve and be "back soon" – but acknowledging the crucial days ahead would be "the real test".
Trying to reassure the public that he wasn't suffering from severe coronavirus symptoms, Trump called his treatment "miracles from God" as he worked to counter Meadows' comments.
“I came here and I didn't feel so good. I feel a lot better now, ”he said from his business suite at Walter Reed Military Hospital. "We're working hard to get myself all back … I think I'll be back soon and look forward to ending the campaign the way it started."
Trump appeared relaxed in a blue suit and open-collar jacket, admitting that there was uncertainty about the course of the disease, which can hit patients' recovery hard without warning.
“I'm starting to feel good. You don't know in the next few days, I think this is the real test so we'll see what happens in the next few days. & # 39;
A few hours later, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere posted a picture of Trump working from the hospital until late at night.
The video came after Meadows' previous comments spread and sparked concerns about how ill the president is, despite optimistic updates from his personal doctor.
Meadows quickly tried to step back as the news spread, telling Reuters shortly after that Trump was "very well" and that doctors were indeed happy with his vital signs.
& # 39; The President is doing very well. He is up and asking for documents for review. Doctors are very happy with his vital functions. I met him several times today on a variety of subjects, ”Meadows said.
He made a third comment on the president's condition to Fox News on Saturday night, in which the chief of staff confirmed that there was cause for concern when the president was hospitalized on Friday night.
The White House had said that Trump was traveling to Walter Reed Military Medical Center out of "caution" and would continue working from them for "a few days" while he underwent tests.
“He was really worried about it yesterday morning. He had a fever and his blood oxygen levels were dropping quickly, ”Meadows told Fox's Judge Jeanie.
Still, he added that Trump's condition had improved.
& # 39; He is doing very well. Based on the current outcome, I am very, very optimistic, ”added Meadows.
"He has improved tremendously since yesterday," Meadows continued after saying again that doctors were "very concerned."
"We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery," he added.
The White House doctor also said Trump had shown "clinical indications" for coronavirus as early as Thursday afternoon.
Trump submitted his own report on his health on Saturday night and posted a video of working in a white button without a tie from the hospital's presidential suite and opening the first button.
"I'm starting to feel good," the president said in a video posted on Twitter as he pledged to fight the virus for COVID-19 patients "around the world".
Full minutes of Sunday's medical briefing about Trump
SEAN CONLEY: Good morning.
Since we last spoke, the president has continued to improve. As with any illness, there are frequent ups and downs as the course progresses, especially when a patient is being watched so closely 24 hours a day. We review and discuss each finding against existing science and literature and weigh the risks and benefits of each intervention, the timing, and the effects of a delay.
During the course of his illness, the President has experienced two episodes of temporary drops in his oxygen saturation. We discussed the reasons for this and whether we would intervene at all. As a team determination based on the schedule from the initial diagnosis that we initiated dexamethasone.
I would like to take this opportunity because given the speculation about the course of the disease in the last few days you are informed about the course of the disease. Thursday evening through Friday morning when I got out of bed, the President was fine. With only mild symptoms and his oxygen was in his high 90s.
Late on Friday morning when I returned to bed, the President had a high fever and his oxygen saturation momentarily dropped below 94%. Given these two developments, I was concerned about the potential for rapid progression of the disease. I recommended that the president try supplemental oxygen and see how he would react. He was pretty much convinced that he didn't need it. He wasn't out of breath. He was tired, had a fever and that was it. After about a minute, his saturation level was just two liters at over 95%. Maybe he stayed there for about an hour and was gone and gone.
Later that day, when the team was here by bed, the President had stood up and moved around the residence with only mild symptoms. Even so, everyone agreed that the best course of action was to move to Walter Reed for more thorough assessment and monitoring. I want dr Dr. Invite Dooley to discuss corn plans.
SEAN DOOLEY: Thank you, Dr. Conley. As a quick clinical update on the state of the President, I want to reiterate my comments yesterday about how proud I am to be part of this multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals behind me, and what an honor it is to look after the President here at Walter Reed National Military medical center.
The president keeps improving. He has had no fever since Friday morning. His vital functions are stable. From a pulmonary point of view, he remains in the room air this morning and does not complain of shortness of breath or other significant respiratory problems. He walks on his own and walks through the medical department of the White House without restriction or disability.
& # 39; Our continued monitoring of his heart, liver, and kidney function continues to show or improve findings. I will now Dr. Garabaldi of Johns Hopkins handed over to discuss therapeutics and our plan for today.
BRIAN GARIBALDI: Thank you, Dr. Dooley. I wanted to reiterate what an honor and privilege it is to care for the President and to be part of such a talented team here at Walter Reed. The president completed his second dose of remdesivir last night. He took this infusion well. We looked for possible side effects.
He didn't have any that we can tell. Liver and kidney function remained normal. We are still planning a five day remdesivir course. In response to transient low oxygen levels, such as Dr. Conley discussed, we have started dexamethasone therapy and he received his first dose of it yesterday and we plan to continue for the time being.
Today he is fine. He was up and down. Our plan is to get him to eat and drink, get out of bed as much as possible, and keep the torques mobile. If he continues to look and feel the way he does today, we hope to plan a release to the White House tomorrow to continue his treatment course. Many Thanks. I'll get it to Dr. Conley passed for any questions.
CONLEY: Just a moment, please. The President wanted me to tell you how proud he is of the group, what an honor it is for him to have their care here, surrounded by incredible talent, academic directors, chairs, internationally renowned doctors and medical professionals. Let me reiterate how pleased we are all with the President's recovery. With that I take up your questions.
REPORTER: Dr. Conley, you said there were two instances where he had drops of oxygen. Can you walk us through the second one? I also have a question for the lung specialist afterwards.
CONLEY: There was another episode yesterday where it fell 93%. He never felt out of breath. We saw it and it returned. We have assessed all of this and given the schedule he is on in the disease process, we have tried to maximize everything we can do for him and we have debated whether we would even start. The dexamethasone. And we decided that if this happened, the potential benefits at the beginning of the course likely outweighed the risks at that point.
REPORTER: Did you give him a second round of extra oxygen yesterday?
CONLEY: I'd have to check with the nursing staff. If he did, it was very limited. But he's out of oxygen and the only oxygen I ordered that we provided that Friday morning.
REPORTER: What time was it yesterday?
CONLEY: Yesterday – what was yesterday?
REPORTER: The second incident.
CONLEY: The second incident. It was during the day, yes, yesterday morning.
REPORTER: The President's current blood oxygen levels, that is my first question to you, Dr. Conley.
REPORTER: What did the X-ray and CT scans show? Are there any signs of pneumonia? Are there any signs of lung involvement? Or damage to the lungs?
CONLEY: We're following all of this. There are some expected results, but no major clinical concerns.
REPORTER: Why start him, Dr. Conley on … Has the oxygen level ever gone below 90?
CONLEY: We don't have any recordings of it.
REPORTER: What about in the White House or here, anything under 90, just to answer your question?
CONLEY: It was under 94%. It wasn't the low 80s or anything.
REPORTER: Yesterday you told us the President was in great shape and in good shape, minutes after your press conference, Mark Meadows told reporters that the President's vital signs had been very worrying for the past 24 hours. Simple question for the American people whose statements about the health of the President should be believed?
CONLEY: The boss and I work side by side. I think his statement was misinterpreted. What he meant was that 24 hours ago, when he and I checked the President, there was this momentary episode of high fever and that temporary drop in satiety that made us take appropriate action to get him here. Thankfully, this was really a very temporary, limited episode. A few hours later he was up again, mild again. I'm not going to speculate what this limited episode was about so early in the course, but he's fine.
REPORTER: What are the expected results in the lungs and why is the President not wearing a mask in the videos and photos posted?
CONLEY: The President always wears a mask when he's around, and we wear our N-95, full ppe. He's the patient, and if we can when he goes public, we move him to other people when he's not in full swing. I assure you that while he is under my care he will be wearing a mask.
REPORTER: Is the room under pressure?
CONLEY: I won't go into details of his care.
REPORTER: Can you answer the question about lung function? The lung function question, Dr. Conley.
CONLEY: I'm sorry.
REPORTER: The lung function question, can you talk about it?
CONLEY: I would say, like every patient, we do pulmonary spirometry on them. He's making the most of it. We told him, see what you can do, it's over 2500 milliliters every time. He's fine.
REPORTER: Why did you hesitate until this day to reveal that the President had been given oxygen?
CONLEY: I was trying to reflect the optimistic attitude that the team, the president, his Isness course had. – had illness. I didn't want to give any information that could steer the course of the disease in a different direction. And it turned out that we were trying to hide something that wasn't necessarily true, and there you have it. He is – the fact is, he's really fine. He's responding, and as the team said, if all goes well, we'll start planning the discharge back to the White House. That's it. Thanks, people.
Senior Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller said Sunday the president was "ready to get back on the campaign trail".
Steve Cortes (right), senior advisor for campaigns, told Fox News, & # 39; Chris Wallace (left): & # 39; He was more optimistic and confident than ever before & # 39; and claimed: & # 39; This president will recover. & # 39;
The comments come the morning after White House Doctor Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, in a briefing, said Trump was "not out of the woods".
The 74-year-old president added that the treatments he receives are "miracles from God" since Melania's symptoms are not as severe as his own.
"We're both fine," said Trump in the four-minute video that shows pictures of him working from the medical center.
& # 39; Melania handles it really well. As you've probably read, she's a little younger than me, just a little, ”he said of his 50-year-old wife.
“And that's why we know the disease, we know the situation with age compared to younger people and Melania statistically treats it the way it should be treated, and that makes me very happy, and it makes the country very happy, but me it’s also We’re fine and I think we’ll achieve a very good result again. & # 39;
He said in the video that he was feeling better and "will be back soon".
Trump posted a video of him on Saturday from the presidential suite at Walter Reed, saying he will "be back soon".
Feeling Better: "I'm starting to feel good," Trump said on a Twitter video as he pledged to fight the virus "around the world" for COVID-19 patients.
"I spoke to the president yesterday afternoon and he's in a very good mood," said Miller. "Both Bill Stepien, the campaign manager, and I spoke to the president for about half an hour and checked all the campaign updates."
Miller also said he believed the campaign, the White House and the medical team are only taking "very precautionary" steps to ensure the president's health.
It appears that the two "spreader" events may have been when Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the White House Supreme Court last Saturday and during his rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.
Hicks, who had traveled to the rally with the president this week, tested positive for coronavirus hours after the event – where she was in close proximity to the president and several of his White House staff and campaigning.
Several people who participated in Trump's pre-debate debate last week, including former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, tested positive for coronavirus.
Miller told ABC News & # 39; & # 39; This week & # 39; & # 39; on Sunday morning that he tested negative on Friday – and as Senior Advisor to President Stephen Miller and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who also took part in the preparation of the debate.
Misleading medical reports, doctor tracing, and a confused timeline: How a paranoid Trump's fear of leaks has left his own team in the dark about the severity of his condition – and how exposed they are to COVID-19
The White House has been plunged into chaos and confusion following Trump's coronavirus diagnosis as staff are left in the dark about the president's condition and possible risks to their own health.
Over the past four days, Trump's team has come up with a series of conflicting reports of the president's illness that cast doubt on when he tested positive and how severe his symptoms were.
In the meantime, the virus has spread further in the White House, infecting at least 12 people who work there until Saturday night as staff try to stay informed through the media as there is no transparency through top brass in the Trump administration.
A senior White House official in an interview with Intelligencer on Saturday cracked the lid on the 1600 Penn State, stating that paranoid attempts to prevent leaks have not only failed, but are also endangering the health and safety of staff.
"Ninety percent of the complex (the White House) certainly learned about it from the news, as it has since then," said the senior official.
There are reports that COVID is spreading like wildfire in the White House. Since this whole thing started, not a single email has been sent telling staff what to do or what is going on. & # 39;
The official said the majority of staff had received little to no reliable information about the state of the president or anything else related to the outbreak.
"I think most of this is paranoia about leaks," they said, "but … the leaks continue."
The White House is in chaos and confusion following Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis as staff are left in the dark about the president's condition and possible risks to their own health. Pictured: Marine One leaves the White House Friday as Trump is rushed to Walter Reed National Military Hospital for treatment
Trump's personal physician Sean Conley (pictured) announced a vague update on his condition outside of Walter Reed on Saturday morning, saying the president was "doing very well".
Confusion erupted outside the White House on Saturday when Trump's medical team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center offered a vague but sunny update on his health, which the President's Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, contradicted.
& # 39; The President is doing very well this morning. The team and I are very pleased with the progress the President has made. He's been free of fever for 24 hours and we're cautiously optimistic, ”Trump's personal doctor Sean Conley told reporters outside of Walter Reed.
Conley's portrayal was far more hopeful than that of Meadows, who spoke to a press pooler in the background immediately after the briefing ended.
& # 39; The President's vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical to his upkeep. We're still not on a clear path to a full recovery, ”Meadows said.
The briefing raised more questions than answers when Conley refused to say what temperature Trump was when he had a fever or whether he was getting oxygen.
Conley also said the president was "72 hours after the diagnosis," suggesting that Trump could have tested positive as early as Wednesday – not Thursday evening as the White House had claimed.
If he was 72 hours after his diagnosis, it would mean Trump was positive the day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday and a fundraiser in New Jersey that 100 people attended Thursday.
Conley and other senior officials spent the rest of the Saturday backing out, claiming the doctor misspelled when he said "72 hours" and he actually meant "day three".
After Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (pictured) told a pool reporter, “The President's vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical to his upkeep. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery. & # 39;
Trump announced his diagnosis just before 1:00 a.m. Friday, hours after his top adviser, Hope Hicks, was found to have tested positive after feeling sick following his rally with the president on Wednesday Minnesota had traveled.
The White House tried to keep Hick's diagnosis a secret and apparently did not inform its own staff, though there was a possibility they might have been exposed to it.
Questions about the schedule concern both inside and outside the White House since the President had traHe was exposed to countless people in several days before his diagnosis was announced.
On Wednesday, the president appeared at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, in front of a crowd of hundreds of people, particularly those who were not socially distant.
He spoke for 45 minutes, far less than his usual over an hour performances. At the rally he was seen throwing red MAGA hats into the crowd. Then he fell asleep on Air Force One as opposed to normal television and tweeting.
The next day, Trump traveled to his golf course and resort in Bedminster, New Jersey to hold a fundraiser with about 100 attendees.
Trump reportedly met about 19 high-dollar GOP donors privately and appeared "sluggish" during the fundraiser.
The contact tracing process is ongoing in New Jersey and Gov Phil Murphy is telling anyone at the Bedminster event or in the area to quarantine themselves and get tested.
The fundraiser organizers sent an email to attendees letting them know about Trump's diagnosis and asking them to get tested if symptoms occur.
It is unclear whether Trump intercepted the virus directly from Hicks, who traveled with him to his debate against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday and to Minnesota on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the president spoke at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, in front of a crowd of hundreds of people, particularly those who were not socially distant
It is unclear whether Trump intercepted the virus directly from Hicks, who traveled with him to his debate against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday and to Minnesota on Wednesday. Hicks with White House Advisor Jared Kushner and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino walk to Air Force One Wednesday
On Friday evening, the President was flown to Walter Reed Hospital for a multi-day stay with Marine One for “caution” treatment after reporting symptoms of fever, cough, and congestion that the White House deemed “mild “Designated.
Rumors that officials downplayed the severity of Trump's condition swirled Friday night when an anonymous White House official claimed he was hospitalized for "breathing difficulties."
Dr. Conley said Saturday he spoke "48 hours after" Trump received his first dose of Regenron's experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail. That would mean Thursday morning.
And another doctor – Brian Garibaldi – said, “About 48 hours ago the president received specific antibody therapy against the coronavirus. We are working very closely with the company to monitor them for this result. He received his first dose of IV remdesvir last night. & # 39;
Then Conley said in a statement that Regenron was administered for the first time on Friday – but not when. That said, two doctors have now said the White House had spoken wrongly.
Conley repeatedly refused to answer questions about whether the President had ever been given supplemental oxygen, simply stating that he was absent at the time of the briefing.
The doctor said Trump's medical team was still examining the president to see when he could be released from Walter Reed, but claimed he was on the mend.
Both Conley and the White House claimed that Trump's hospital stay was more precautionary than a sign that his case was getting worse.
However, Intelligencer spoke to Panagis Galiastatos, a pulmonologist and intensive care doctor at Johns Hopkins who has treated more than 100 COVID-19 patients in his hospital's intensive care unit, and questioned that suggestion.
Galiastatos said the details about Trump's remdesivir treatment indicated that he was suffering from a "moderate" or "severe" case of COVID-19.
The doctor suspects Trump "likely had COVID-19 on Wednesday," and noted that patients had "days before" symptoms that are contagious.
If so, it could mean that Trump was positive during Tuesday night's debate with Biden. Both Biden and his wife Jill tested negative following news of Hicks' diagnosis.
Meadows disagreed with Conley's claim that Trump did "very well" in his comment on the press pool immediately after Walter Reed's briefing.
The chief of staff apparently had no intention of getting his message across to the wider press pool – but after that he appeared on Fox News on Saturday night, admitting that Trump's condition was "very worrying" on Friday.
Multiple sources also claimed Trump was oxygenated prior to his admission to Walter Reed, which the White House confirmed later on Sunday evening.
The president addressed the nation himself on a video from the hospital Saturday night, saying he was feeling better while, Meadows had said, acknowledging the next two days would be critical.
“I came here, I didn't feel that good, I feel a lot better now. We're working hard to get me back. I have to go all the way back because we still have to make America great, ”Trump said in the video posted on Twitter.
“I don't know the next few days, I think. That's the real test, so we'll see what happened over the next few days. & # 39;
The president is said to have been upset by the confusion about his condition after Meadows appeared to undermine Conley's optimistic report.
But just as frustrated are those who work in the White House who are only informed through the media because they fear they will be the next employee to be infected with the virus.
Speaking to the senior White House official, Intelligencer put the ordeal in a broader context and asked how, given the chaotic treatment of this internal outbreak, Americans could trust the Trump administration's nationwide portrayal of the coronavirus.
"I can't," replied the officer.
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