Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office on Tuesday despite suffering from COVID. One of his oldest advisers – economic adviser Larry Kudlow – announced this early Wednesday and immediately created chaos as other advisors claimed the president did not.
Kudlow told CNBC's Squawk Box on Wednesday that the president took "extra precautions" and then refused to say what they claimed they were "much bigger than just masking."
Amazingly, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows claimed just minutes later that Trump had not been in the Oval Office but intended to return later Wednesday.
Meadows adviser and White House senior communications advisor Ben Williamson also said Trump did not leave his apartment on Tuesday.
"While the President was going to be in the Oval Office yesterday, he wasn't there – he stayed back at the residence and worked from there," Williamson tweeted Wednesday morning. "In the event that he wants to work out of the oval in the coming days, security preparations have been made."
With the three men offering different accounts, after frantic tweeting on Tuesday, Trump launched another Twitter tirade that caused a sell-off on Wall Street when he broke off stimulus talks – only to turn around completely on Tuesday evening.
Doctors have raised concerns that the powerful steroids Trump is prescribing have significant side effects, including restlessness, mania, psychosis, and feelings of invincibility.
And Trump himself is being treated as massively contagious.
All rescuers who come into contact with him must wear a yellow dress, a surgical mask and a disposable protective eye cover.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said the west wing is currently one of the most dangerous places in the US in terms of the global pandemic and she will stay away from the White House.
"It is one of the most dangerous places in the country, both in terms of attacking the truth and health," Pelosi told The View during an interview on Wednesday.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Wednesday morning that Donald Trump worked in the Oval Office on Tuesday – which created confusion as other advisers insisted the president had not left the executive residence since returning Monday night
White House chief communications advisor Ben Williamson tweeted Wednesday, "While the president was going to be in the Oval Office yesterday, he wasn't there."
The comments come because White House staff who come into contact with Donald Trump are required to wear full personal protective equipment as concerns remain that the president could infect staff
Those who come in contact with the President must wear yellow gowns, surgical masks, and disposable safety glasses as per Center for Disease Control guidelines
Here, a White House cleaning staff disinfects the press conference room in a protective suit
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi told The View during an interview on Wednesday that she would not go to the White House to continue negotiations on coronavirus stimuli, claiming, "It's one of the most dangerous places in the country, both in terms of the attack it makes on the truth as well as health & # 39;
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 with 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 in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and has benefits for critically ill patients.
"Preliminary evidence shared with WHO (and now available as a preprint) has shown that treatment in ventilator patients reduces mortality by about a third, and in patients who only need oxygen, it has Mortality reduced 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 given only supplemental oxygen.
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.
The California Democrat has not visited the White House since a tense back-and-forth with the President during a meeting there last year.
She won't break this trend to visit Ground Zero for a massive coronavirus outbreak while she works to negotiate a deal with the White House and Republicans on the next coronavirus stimulus package.
Trump effectively cut negotiations off during a Twitter rampage on Tuesday, but reversed his comments hours later.
Nancy Pelosi is asking for $ 2.4 trillion to save poorly run, criminal, democratic states and money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $ 1.6 trillion and, as usual, they are not negotiating in good faith, ”Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
“I refuse your request and look to the future of our country. I have instructed my representatives not to stop negotiations until after the election, ”he wrote.
Later that evening, Trump said American workers "desperately needed" another round of incentive legislation.
Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the radical left Democrats were just playing 'games' with the much-needed Worker Stimulus Payments. They just wanted to worry about failed Democrats, high crime, cities and states. They were never going to help workers, and they will never be! 'he tweeted.
He later added, “If I get a separate stimulus check invoice (US $ 1,200) it will go IMMEDIATELY to our great people. I am ready to sign now. Are you listening to nancy & # 39;
As part of a second Twitter rant on Wednesday, Trump targeted Joe Biden and Democrats.
"He's been a madman for years and everyone knows it," the president said of his Democratic rival. & # 39; The Lamestream Media are stuck with him and they are just trying to clean up his act. Notice that all the bad things, like being very low in IQ, are no longer reported? Fake news! #MAGA & # 39;
In another he wrote: “Speaks Unity, but illegally spied on my campaign, and much worse – COUP! Too late for the nice chat Sleepy Joe! VOTE & # 39;
He also retweeted a doctoral video of Michelle Obama showing clips of cities burning during the riots earlier this year as she railed against Trump and Republicans.
The president didn't miss his chance to target media during his Twitter stroll.
& # 39; THE MEDIA IS CORRUPT AS OUR DEMOCRAT RUN BALLOT SYSTEM IS CORRUPT! Check out what happens to fake, missing, and fraudulent ballot papers across the country. VOTE & # 39; he wrote.
As of Tuesday, the west wing was practically empty as nearly two dozen aides, advisors, and members of the president's inner circle tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week – and those who are still negative have been directed to leave from home to work The New York Times.
While the aides said Trump sounded stronger than before after the president returned to the executive residence Monday night, they sometimes believe he is trying to catch his breath.
Trump's doctors said the president had been given supplemental oxygen at least twice since he was taken into their care.
The White House cleaning team disinfected the press areas in the west wing while apparently wearing full hazmat suits.
Full personal protective clothing at one of Washington D.C.'s biggest hot spots raises concerns that Trump could still spread the disease.
Many of Trump's top aides are now out of service as they quarantine themselves at home and recover from coronavirus – including much of Trump's press shop with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnanay and Assistant Press Secretary Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, all of which tested positive.
Although Trump has been wearing a face mask more frequently recently, he continues to refuse to put on protective gear on a regular basis.
Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania tested positive for coronavirus overnight on Thursday – the two were asked to take a test after President's adviser Hope Hicks tested positive earlier in the day.
Amid confusion over his whereabouts on Tuesday, Trump launched a Twitter rant against Joe Biden as "Wacko" on Wednesday morning.
He also targeted media
Trump retweeted Michelle Obama's doctoral video showing clips of riots and cities burning earlier this year, and she scolded Republicans for calling black Americans violent
On Friday, the 74-year-old president was transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center, where he stayed for three nights.
Trump was reportedly "bored" and eager to leave, further evidence of his spate of tweets and videos from the hospital presidential suite and his "stunt" drive to sign his Air-Right SUV loyalists posted in front of Walter Reed applaud the encouragement for the President's recovery.
To date, 21 people – including the President and First Lady – have achieved positive results after congregating at two "Super Spreader" events.
The most recent positive test is White House Policy Advisor Stephen Miller, whose wife, Vice President Katie Miller's press secretary, tested positive earlier this year.
It seems that COVID-19 infected so many people in the last outbreak because last Saturday in the Rose Garden Amy Coney Barrett was announced as a candidate for the Trump Supreme Court and the following day an event for the bereaved of the "Gold Star" – Families took place indoors at the White House.
Trump was brought to the White House by Walter Reed on Monday evening when his top doctor, Dr. Sean Conley said the president was being treated with dexamethasone, a steroid. Remdesivir, an antiviral drug; and occasionally extra oxygen.
While taking a break from campaigning and many of the president's duties while recovering from the White House, the president has still used his favorite spot to share his thoughts and opinions during his recovery.
He has used social media multiple times to tweet and retweet on a variety of topics, including the FBI, FDA, Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Chris Wallace.
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 were forced into pen-like cases in 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"
Luna's professional requirements include following 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 on 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 4TH OCTOBER
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 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
TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER
Stephen Miller, 35, White House Policy Advisor
Miller had worked remotely for five days and tested negative for coronavirus every day before testing positive, the administration said.
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