More than two days after President Donald Trump confirmed that he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the White House is still sending out conflicting reports of his condition and the timeline of events to the nation.
Trump Resting at Walter Reed: As of late Saturday, Trump was resting comfortably at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Early Saturday afternoon, Trump’s team of medical providers made a statement to the media regarding his current condition. Dr. Sean Conley confirmed that Trump had been free of fever for 24 hours and was feeling better. Conley also told the press that the president’s symptoms include a mild cough, nasal congestion, and fatigue.Read More »
In a press release from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany late Saturday, Trump was said to be doing well and responding to the medicine. McEnany said that he spent the day carrying out his presidential duties in his suite at the medical facility. It has been confirmed by the White House that there have been no talks of transfer of power due to Trump’s illness.
Trump also appeared in a video late in the day Saturday, assuring the American public that he was recovering nicely.
Timeline of Events: The nation first learned of Trump’s positive diagnosis at approximately 1 am ET on Friday. Trump confirmed the diagnosis through his Twitter account just hours after the press found out that a key campaign advisor, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for the virus early Thursday morning. Hicks had been with Trump all week long, including at Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, on Air Force One, and traveling with the president to various campaign events.
While he initially downplayed the severity of the symptoms, it did not take long for reports to surface that the president was experiencing complications. Throughout the day on Friday, it was reported that the president had a fever and was taking experimental drugs in an effort to head off the symptoms. On Friday evening, Trump was flown on Marine One to Walter Reed. His doctors said that they were transferring him to the facility out of an abundance of caution. Trump was able to walk on his own to the helicopter waiting on the White House lawn.
Positive Cases in President’s Inner Circle: The individuals who have tested positive points to last Saturday’s introduction of Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the White House Rose Garden as being a superspreader event. During the event, Trump introduced Barrett as his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court. Key members of the Republican Party were present at this celebratory event.
Here are just a few of the individuals who have tested positive for the virus since Trump announced that he was ill.
- First Lady Melania Trump
- Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
- Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway
- RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
- Utah Sen. Mike Lee
- North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis
- Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson
- University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins
- Three unnamed members of the White House press corps
Of the people on this list, only Johnson was not present at the White House Rose Garden last Saturday. Christie checked into a hospital on Saturday in order to monitor his progress. The advisor to the president said that he was worried because of his asthma.
It should be noted that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has tested negative for the virus, despite sharing a stage with Trump on Tuesday night for 90 minutes. Current Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, have also tested negative. Many associates of Trump’s circle continue to get tested every day to rule out a positive confirmation.
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