Trump's personal doctor Sean Conley (pictured) says the president is in high spirits and will continue to work while he is hospitalized for treatment for the coronavirus
President Donald Trump is "doing very well" and in high spirits while undergoing experimental treatment for coronavirus, his doctors say.
Trump's personal doctor Sean Conley, along with several other members of the president's medical team, offered an update on his condition outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday morning.
& # 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 are cautiously optimistic, "said Conley, adding that Trump has a light cough and a nasal congestion that are" resolving ".
Dr. Shaun Dooley, an intensive care doctor, was next on the podium, saying that Trump's heart, liver and kidney functions are being monitored and are currently in good shape.
Dooley said Trump was in high spirits and this morning said to his team, "I feel like I could get out of here today."
Conley was repeatedly asked by reporters if Trump had been given supplemental oxygen at any point, but he declined to reply, simply saying, "He is out of oxygen right now." He said the president is walking around working in his hospital suite.
Trump is currently undergoing a number of treatments including a polyclonal antibody cocktail from Regeneron that is not available to the public, remdesivir – an Ebola drug that has already been shown to work against the virus – and vitamin D.
He also takes zinc, vitamin D, famotidine (the generic name for Pepcid AC), melatonin, and daily aspirin.
A team of Trump's doctors came to Conley for a briefing outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday
The 74-year-old president gave a thumbs up as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be rushed to the hospital on Friday night. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but did not speak. He walked alone without help
A video was tweeted from President Trump's account as he was being rushed to the hospital. In the 18-second clip, Trump thanked the American public for their support after announcing his coronavirus diagnosis on Friday morning
Conley said doctors would continue to consider when Trump could return to the White House, where first lady is isolating Melania after she also tested positive for the virus.
When asked why Trump was transferred to Walter Reed, Conley said, "Because he is the President of the United States."
While Trump's medical team claimed he was well on the way to recovery, rumors have spread that the condition is more serious than doctors are allowing.
Trump took to Twitter Friday night to spread optimistic news about his condition. He was reportedly admitted to the hospital because he had "difficulty breathing".
& # 39; Fine, I think! Thanks to all. LOVE !!! & # 39; Trump tweeted after a CNN report quoted an unnamed presidential advisor who claimed it was "Cause for concern" about his condition.
"This is serious," said the source CNNTrump was "very tired, very tired" and claimed that his condition was much more severe than Melania's.
They confirmed that he was "tired" but that his condition should not be deteriorating and that the public should not be alarmed.
The president gave a thumbs up as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be rushed to the hospital on Friday night. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn't speak.
Before going to the hospital, Trump had posted an 18-second video message to the nation saying he was going to be hospitalized but "I think I'm very fine."
"We'll make sure everything goes well," he said, adding that the first lady is "very well" too.
Only one month left until the election it turned out that:
- Eleven people who were involved in preparing and planning the presidential debate on Tuesday evening have now tested positive for COVID-19
- Debate moderator Chris Wallace announced that Donald Trump and his family were late for the debate to take a COVID test
- Wallace also said the debate organizers "were not particularly happy that the presidential party was not wearing masks" and that "the risks of this virus were apparently disregarded".
- Seven people who attended Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, leading to fears that it was a "super-spreader event".
- Top Trump reps who tested positive include: Former Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway, Top Advisor Hope Hicks, Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel
- Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump expressed their good wishes for their father
- New Jersey contact tracers are trying to find the names of everyone who attended a presidential fundraiser visited on Thursday just hours before he was diagnosed with the virus
- Trump will work in Walter Reed's presidential suite, which is specially equipped with safety guards and communications equipment
President Trump tweeted Friday night that he believed his treatment was "going well," and thanked him for his support
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows arrives at Walter Reed ahead of Conley's press conference on Saturday
Trump supporter Richard Potcner camps outside the Walter Reed Hospital on Saturday
Who has Trump in contact with and who among them is infected
Hope Hicks, Adviser to the President – POSITIVE
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump – NEGATIVE
Barron Trump – NEGATIVE
Tiffany Trump – NEGATIVE
Eric Trump, Lara Trump – NEGATIVE
Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle – NEGATIVE
Vice President Mike Pence – NEGATIVE
Joe Biden and Jill Biden – NEGATIVE
Dan Scavino, Social Media Director – NEGATIVE
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel – POSITIVE
Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff – NEGATIVE
Kayleigh McEnany, Press Officer – NEGATIVE
KellyAnne Conway, Trump's former advisor who attended Saturday's SCOTUS nominee announcement – POSITIVE
Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court Candidate – NEGATIVE (She had the virus in the summer)
Rev. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame, who attended the announcement of the SCOTUS candidate on Saturday – POSITIVE
North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis who attended the SCOTUS candidate announcement on Saturday – POSITIVE
Mike Lee, Republican Senator from Utah who attended the SCOTUS nominee announcement Saturday – POSITIVE
Bill Stepien, campaign manager – POSITIVE
John McEntee, Director of Human Resources for the President of the White House – UNKNOWN
Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer. Giuliani had spent the weekend at the White House preparing the debates – UNKNOWN
Mitch McConnell – UNKNOWN
Lindsey Graham – UNKNOWN
Robert Ford, Abbott Laboratories CEO, who was at the White House on Monday – UNKNOWN
Admiral Brett Geroir, Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services – UNKNOWN
Alex Azar, HHS Secretary – UNKNOWN
The White House said Trump was being admitted to Walter Reed "out of caution" after developing a fever, congestion and cough.
He is expected to stay "a few days" in the hospital, where he will continue to work, they added.
White House communications director Alyssa Farah confirmed that despite his hospitalization, Trump had not transferred power to Vice President Mike Pence. "The president is responsible," she said.
Pence is at the Naval Observatory where he lives. He tested negative for COVID on Friday morning.
For patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the FDA has granted emergency clearance for Veklury, also known as remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral drug sold by Gilead Sciences Inc that has been shown to reduce hospital stays.
White House doctor Sean Conley said in a letter to Press Secretary McEnancy that Trump started taking the drug on Friday night.
"This afternoon, in consultation with specialists from Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins University, I recommended that the President be taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center for further surveillance," Conley wrote.
“I am pleased to announce to you this evening that the President is doing very well. He does not need any additional oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we decided to start remdesivir therapy. He's finished his first dose and is comfortably resting. & # 39;
Remdesivir, an antiviral drug first made to treat Ebola, has been used experimentally in COVID-19 patients since the outbreak began.
It was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration on May 1, but could only be used in hospital on seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
On August 28, the FDA expanded its approval to include all hospitalized adult and pediatric patients with suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, regardless of their severity.
The update on Trump's treatment came as the scale of the coronavirus outbreak became clearer in his administration.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, it was confirmed that Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien had tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Politico, 42-year-old Stepien received his diagnosis on Friday and suffers from "mild flu-like symptoms".
He traveled to and from Cleveland for Tuesday's presidential debate with the president.
Just hours earlier, North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis confirmed that he had tested positive. He was in the rose garden to announce the nomination of Trump's Supreme Court on Saturday.
Trump's former advisor Kellyanne Conway also tested positive on Friday night.
This means that at least seven people who attended Saturday's Rose Garden event and nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court have now tested positive: President Trump, the First Lady, a senior White House adviser, two Republicans Senators who sit on the Judiciary Committee, Conway, and the Head of Notre Dame University.
There are still several people who have been in close contact with Trump recently and have not disclosed whether or not they have tested positive since then.
As more positive tests were uncovered, the White House's testing infrastructure came under fire, claiming it was inconsistent and relied on rapid tests that gave mixed results.
Additionally, the White House does not appear to be making any changes to its current virus log as it will not be migrating to a new test system.
Three White House reporters also tested positive on Friday when the White House National Security Council ordered all staff to wear masks in public areas of the White House and to avoid "unnecessary visits" to the west wing, according to an internal email.
The use of masks on White House grounds has been largely negligent, with Trump often questioning and sometimes mocking their use, despite medical experts insisting the practice saves lives.
Many White House employees only appeared publicly in masks for the first time on Friday as they waited for Trump to board Marine One.
In a video message posted on Twitter when he was rushed to the hospital, the President thanked the American people for their support after his diagnosis.
“I want to thank everyone for the tremendous support. I'm going to Walter Reed Hospital, I think I'm fine, but we'll make sure everything goes well, ”he said in the 18-second clip.
& # 39; The first lady is doing very well. Thank you so much I appreciate that. I will never forget it. & # 39;
Trump gets out of Marine One after arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday afternoon
Trump waves from the presidential motorcade as he arrives at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Trump's motorcade arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center shortly after the White House announced that he "will be working in Walter Reed's presidential offices for the next few days" after testing positive for coronavirus
On Friday night, Eric Trump tweeted that his father was "a true warrior" and asked Americans "to pray with me for his recovery".
"He will fight this with the same strength and conviction that he fights for America every day," wrote Eric. “I ask you to pray with me for his recovery. I've never been so proud of someone and what they had to endure. & # 39;
Trump's daughter Ivanka also called him a "warrior" and said he would beat this.
"I love you, Dad," she added.
Ivanka Trump tweeted "I love you dad" when the president was hospitalized on Friday night
Trump, 74, and Melania, 50, announced that they tested positive in the early hours of Friday and were self-isolating in the White House at that time.
Melania, who tweeted that she had "mild symptoms," was not hospitalized with the president and is being quarantined at the White House.
Trump's son Eric called for prayers for his father's recovery and said he was a "true warrior".
While still in the White House, Trump's doctor said he had been treated with a single dose of Regenron's experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail. He added that the president was "tired but in good spirits".
The next week is considered the critical phase of his illness. Dr. David A. Nace, geriatrics expert and director of medical affairs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told the New York Times that Trump's symptoms could be more severe because he wasn't wearing a mask.
Older men are also at a higher risk of getting seriously ill.
Trump supporters gathered around the military hospital Friday night as some held a prayer group for his recovery.
Trump's presidential suite in the hospital has its own intensive care unit, secure conference room and kitchen. Doctors are screened in advance in case the president needs special care and the White House doctor has sleeping places.
The White House Chief of Staff also has his own office space in the President's area, which is controlled by the White House, not the Department of Defense.
Known as Ward 71, the presidential suite is one of six special patient rooms reserved for senior military officials and members of the White House cabinet.
The suite is "specially furnished with guards and communications equipment used in support of the President," wrote Rear Admiral Connie Mariano, the two Presidents George H.W. served as a doctor. Bush and Bill Clinton and was the director of the White House medical division.
With a dining room lit by a crystal chandelier and a desk just steps from the hospital bed, as well as rooms with couches for visitors and security technology, Trump is equipped to continue serving as President.
Trump will stay in the "Presidential Suite" at Walter Reed Medical Center. Pictured: One of the rooms in Department 71 reserved for senior military and cabinet members
The White House has announced that President Trump will continue to work from Walter Reed. One of the rooms in Ward 71 has a desk for this purpose
As the White House outbreak deepened, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, 77, and his wife Jill ran negative tests. The President's 14-year-old son Barron, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have tested negative, as has House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi.
When news of Trump's hospitalization broke out, Biden stressed that the president's illness "cannot be a partisan moment".
& # 39; It has to be an American moment. We need to come together as a nation, ”he tweeted.
Former President Barack Obama wished Trump a speedy recovery on Friday evening.
"It's important … that we all remember that we are all Americans and human beings, even when we are in the midst of major political battles on issues that are at stake. I want to make sure everyone is healthy," he said.
Joe Biden said that Trump's hospitalization must be "an American moment" and "cannot be a partisan moment".
"Michelle and I hope that she and others affected by COVID-19 across the country will receive the care they need and that they will be on their way to a speedy recovery."
Obama spoke at a fundraiser to Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who said she shared her deepest prayers for "the health and recovery of the President and First Lady."
'The threat posed by this virus is real to all of us. Let us all remind us that we need to stay vigilant and take care of ourselves and each other, ”she added.
Bill and Hillary Clinton were among the fellow Democrats wishing Trump and Melania well.
The former president and his wife, Trump's opponent in the 2016 presidential race, tweeted separate but identical statements Friday night after Trump was flown to the hospital.
"We wish the president and the first lady a speedy recovery and hope for the safety of the White House staff, the secret service and others who are putting their lives at risk," said their statements.
& # 39; This pandemic has affected so many. We must continue to protect ourselves, our families and communities, ”they added.
On Friday night, Biden's campaign confirmed that all negative advertisements about Trump had been pulled from the paid media rotation.
Trump's communications director for campaigns, Tim Murtaugh, said they wouldn't do the same.
Joe Biden used his speech today in MI to attack the president repeatedly over social security, the economy and job creation. Now Biden wants credit for being magnanimous? " he said.
Earlier in the day in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Biden said he and Jill were praying for the Trumps – and wearing a mask to speak during a break from previous training.
"My wife Jill and I pray that they will recover quickly and fully," he said at a campaign rally with union workers that had been relocated outside and had limited attendance.
'This is not a question of politics. It is an invigorating reminder to all of us that we are taking this virus seriously. It means wearing a mask in public and encouraging others to do it.
"We as a nation must be able to deal better with this pandemic."
He added, “For all who are struggling, including the First Family, my prayers are with you. My prayers are with those who have died – 207,000 I think today. & # 39;
At the end of his speech, Biden said: "May God protect the First Family and every family that has to do with this virus."
Trump and Melania announced that they tested positive hours after returning from a fundraiser at his New Jersey golf club, where he is believed to have come into contact with at least 100 people.
It raised $ 5 million for its campaign that has now canceled all future events in light of the president's diagnosis.
However, New Jersey Contact Tracers are struggling to find the names of everyone who attended a fundraiser.
So far it was believed that the names of those in attendance were being logged by three agencies, namely the White House, the Republican National Committee, and Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
Seven infected after & # 39; Amy Coney Barrett Superspreader Event & # 39;
Seven people who attended Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday have now tested positive for COVID-19, raising fears that it is a "super-spreader event".
The September 26 meeting drew around 100 people – many of whom did not wear face masks; everyone is sitting close.
Participants were photographed hugging, shaking hands, and chatting without a face mask.
Donald Trump, his wife Melania, Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway, two senators – Mike Lee from Utah and Thom Tillis from North Carolina – and Notre Dame University President John Jenkins have all tested positive for COVID-19.
Many of the other high profile figures who were in attendance have not yet received the all-clear.
Among them are Bill Barr, the attorney general; Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor; and Laura Ingraham, the presenter for Fox News.
All were seen in close proximity to infected people and have yet to confirm their negative test results.
However, there is no exhaustive list of people who attended the event, including those who worked there, including golf club staff or outside providers.
Sources cited by the New York Times say the president was lazy on his way back from the New Jersey event on Thursday and fell asleep on Air Force One on Wednesday night returning from a rally in Minnesota – something extremely for the US What is unusual is the energetic president who usually spends his time on the plane watching TV and tweeting.
The Minnesota rally was also only half the length of his other rallies. Air Force One is now being thoroughly cleaned.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said it was safe for the president to attend Thursday's fundraiser.
& # 39; It was considered safe for the President to go. He was socially distant. It was an outdoor event and was considered safe by White House operations, ”she told White House reporters on Friday.
Trump is 74 years old and technically obese at 244 pounds and 6 feet 3, which puts him at greater risk of serious complications from the virus.
People who attended the fundraiser said he was healthy. He spoke to supporters for 15 minutes and then asked questions for an hour.
& # 39; We said, "How does this guy do this? Look at this guy's stamina." I can't tell you how healthy he looked. I'm sure this will come and go, "comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo told North Jersey.com.
John Sette, former Morris County's Republican Committee chairman, told Politico, “At first he looked 100 percent normal.
& # 39; He spoke 100 percent normally. He spoke for about 15 minutes and asked questions for an hour. & # 39;
There are questions about when White House staff learned that Hope Hicks – one of Trump's most trusted aides – tested positive, when Trump found out about it, and why he still went to the fundraiser with that knowledge.
White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told reporters Friday that they discovered that Hicks tested positive Thursday afternoon as the president prepared to travel to the fundraiser at his golf club around 1 p.m. Bloomberg claims the president learned of Hick's diagnosis hours earlier.
Meadows said they "pulled" Marine One, which they believed had been in close contact with Hicks, in order to limit the spread, but they allowed the president to go anyway, despite traveling with Hicks on Air Force One was on Tuesday and Wednesday and had worked with her much of the past week.
White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, spoke to reporters outside the White House Friday, insisting that Trump was in "good spirits" and would continue to be able to serve as president
A timetable for the President's trip
Saturday, September 26th: Trump announces his election to the Supreme Court in the White House, then travels with aides like Hope Hicks to a rally in Pennsylvania.
Sunday September 27th: The President plays golf in Virginia, holds a press conference in the White House briefing room, and hosts a reception for Gold Star families.
Monday, September 28th: Trump gives a press conference and inspects pickup vehicles on the White House lawn.
Tuesday, September 29th: Hicks is on Air Force One with the President and Melania for the first presidential debate in Cleveland. Hicks leaves the jet without a mask.
The President plays with Joe Biden in a chaotic debate. Members of the Trump family do not wear masks during the debate, which is against the rules of the venue.
Wednesday, September 30th: Hicks travels with Marine One and Air Force One to a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.
It is believed that she felt bad on the way back and was quarantined on the presidential plane to get home.
Thursday, October: Hicks tests positive.
White House aides are notified and are pulling people from Air Force One who had been in contact with her but let Trump go to the NJ event anyway.
Trump went to the event where the NY Times claims he came into contact with 100 people.
Then he returned to the WH where he was "sluggish" and tested positive.
Friday, October 2nd:
A political rally in Sanford, Florida is canceled.
Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, said it was unlikely that Hicks was the cause of the White House outbreak as Trump would not have shown symptoms on Thursday if she infected him on Wednesday.
It's more likely they were exposed by another source both days earlier, he said.
If Trump falls seriously ill, there are constitutional procedures in place that would allow Vice President Mike Pence to temporarily take power just weeks before the November 3rd election.
But if Trump has mild or no symptoms, the president could tout his recovery as evidence that the virus poses a less serious threat than many believe.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House Friday morning, Meadows said, "His first question for me was," How is the economy doing? How are the business talks going on Capitol Hill? "
“The American people can be assured that we have a president who is not only on duty, but will stay on duty.
"With regard to Hope Hicks, we found that right when Marine One launched yesterday, we pulled some of the people who were traveling with it," added Meadows.
These people include Dan Scavino, director of social media, and Kayleigh McEnany, white house press secretary, who have both tested negative since then.
The President was on the plane with Hicks on Wednesday night, but she kept a safe distance from him and others when she developed symptoms.
She was quarantined by others on the plane and her diagnosis was confirmed Thursday, according to an administrative official.
Trump then continued his schedule on Thursday, traveling to and from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey to attend two campaign events.
He flew back to the White House Thursday night when it was publicly confirmed that Hicks had the virus. Hours later, Trump and Melania shared their own diagnoses on social media.
First Lady Melania tweeted, "Like too many Americans this year, @potus & I quarantined at home after testing positive for COVID-19.
& # 39; We're feeling good and I've postponed all upcoming engagements.
"Please make sure you are safe and we will all get through this together."
The White House had previously distributed a schedule for Friday that indicated he was planning to hold a fundraiser at his Washington, DC hotel and a political rally in Sanford, Florida. These trips were later canceled.
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