Donald Trump's doctors said he was given a steroid and oxygenated on Sunday when they treated him for COVID-19, but White House doctor Sean Conley said the president could get out of Walter Reed as early as Monday be dismissed.
The president's top doctor also stated during his briefing on Sunday afternoon that there was some confusion over Trump's condition because of misrepresentation of comments made by Chief of Staff Mark Meadow.
"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.
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.
Donald Trump's doctors announced on Sunday that they had treated the president with a steroid and oxygenated him on Saturday
The President's Doctor Dr. Sean Conley, a Navy commander, stated during the Sunday briefing that there was some confusion about Trump's condition because Chief of Staff Mark Meadow's comments were "misconstrued".
& # 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.
Meadows received a backlash on Saturday after it was revealed that his comments on Trump's condition contradicted the assessments of others, including the president's.
& # 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.
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."
The new comments from the president's medical team come as Trump's campaign advisors Stephen Miller and Steve Cortes claimed the president was eager to get back on the run 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.
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".
"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.
Trump's chief medical officer, Navy Commander Sean Conley, and other doctors caught up on the president's condition during a briefing on Saturday.
"While the team is not out of the woods yet, it remains cautiously optimistic," said Conley, adding that Trump moved around his medical suite without difficulty during his business operations.
The White House doctor also said Trump had shown "clinical indications" for coronavirus as early as Thursday afternoon.
There are conflicting reports and statements as to whether the president has needed supplemental oxygen at any point since arriving at Walter Reed on Friday, or how high his fever has reached.
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.
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".
"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.
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