2020-10-04 10:42:17 –
JILL COLVIN, STEVE PEOPLES, JONATHAN LEMIRE
Bethesda, Maryland (AP) —President Donald Trump said he was facing a “crisis” a few days after a “very worrying” period in the fight against COVID-19 in a military hospital. Said the Chief of Staff on Saturday. Earlier, by Trump’s doctor, who struggled not to reveal that the president had been oxygenated at the White House before admission.
Trump remained at the Walterlead National Military Medical Center on Sunday. He provided an assessment of his condition in a video from a hospital suite on Saturday evening, stating that he was starting to feel better and hoped to “come back soon.”
He then returned to social media early Sunday morning to share a video of flag-waving supporters gathered outside Walter Reed.
“Thank you very much!” Trump tweeted at 7:18 am
The day before, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters outside the hospital, “We have not yet taken a clear path to a full recovery.” In the latest information on Saturday night, Trump’s doctor expressed cautious optimism, but the president added that he “has not left the forest yet.”
Changing and sometimes contradictory accounts have created a crisis in the White House’s credibility at the crucial moment when presidential health and national leadership are on the line. Moreover, Presidential health represents not only the functioning of the US government, but also the most important national security issue for countries around the world, whether friendly or not.
Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden aired an attack ad while Trump was in the hospital and sent a senior aide on Sunday to deliver a mostly friendly message.
Biden’s adviser, Simone Sanders, said of CNN’s “federal government”, “I sincerely hope that the president will recover very quickly and I can see him quickly return to the trajectory of the campaign.” Said.
She added: “This is a clear reminder that the virus is genuine.”
Biden was at home in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, but had no plans for direct campaigns or other public appearances. Already negative, he plans to announce new coronavirus test results later that day, and the campaign will disclose those results and all other future test results for the 77-year-old candidate. I promised to do it.
Saturday briefing by Lieutenant Colonel Navy. Dr. Sean Conley and other doctors asked more questions than they answered. Despite repeated questions, Conley refuses to repeatedly say whether the president needs oxygenation and shares important details such as how high the fever was before Trump returned to normal. I refused to do that. Conley also revealed that Trump began showing “clinical signs” of COVID-19 earlier than previously known on Thursday afternoon.
Conley spent a lot of the briefing avoiding the reporter’s question because he was asked for details.
“Thursday, there is no oxygen. Not at this time, and yesterday, with the team, he wasn’t getting oxygen while we were all here,” Conley said.
However, according to someone familiar with Trump’s condition, Trump was taken to a military hospital by helicopter that night after being oxygenated at the White House on Friday morning. The person was not allowed to speak publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Trump’s symptoms, such as mild cough, stuffy nose, and malaise, “are now resolved and improving,” Conley said, and the president said he hadn’t had a fever for 24 hours. However, Trump is also taking aspirin, which can lower body temperature and mask or alleviate its symptoms.
“He’s very well,” said another doctor, Sean Dooly. He said Trump’s heart, kidneys, and liver were functioning normally and he had no problems breathing or walking around.
In the latest information on evening health, Conley said Trump was able to move around the medical suite and do business without problems. “I’m not out of the woods yet, but the team is cautiously optimistic,” he said.
In a hospital video, Trump defended his decision to continue the campaign and host a major event during the pandemic.
“I had no choice,” said Trump, who refused to follow basic public health recommendations, including wearing a mask. “I had to go forward …. I’m not trapped in a room upstairs and it’s completely safe …. As a leader, you have to face the problem.”
Trump also thanked his medical team and welcomed the state-of-the-art treatment he was receiving in comparison to the “miracle that came down from God.” Trump’s medical care is far superior to the average American due to 24-hour attention and experimental treatment.
According to Republicans, the president was angry with the public appreciation for Meadows’ health, and to prove his vitality, Trump ordered a video and made a statement on his behalf to his longtime best friend Rudy Giuliani. Allowed to announce. Near the White House, which is not allowed to publicly discuss personal conversations.
Trump is clinically obese at the age of 74, infecting more than 7 million people nationwide and at increased risk of serious complications from the virus that killed more than 209,000 people in the United States.
The First Lady Melania Trump remained in the White House to recover from her own seizures with the virus. She “really handled it very well,” Trump said in a video, she said with humor that she was “just a little younger”-actually 24 years younger.
Meadows himself claimed that Trump had only “mild symptoms” when the White House tried to project a normal image on Friday morning. It was unclear if Trump had already received oxygen when Meadows spoke.
“President Trump is fine, has mild symptoms, and works all day,” spokesman Cary McKenny said late Friday. She said Trump was only sent to Walter Reed as a precautionary measure.
The Trump administration lacked transparency to the public throughout the pandemic, both for the president’s health and for the spread of the virus within the White House. The first words that Trump’s aides were infected came from the media, not the White House. And the aide repeatedly refused to share a complete description of the president’s symptoms, basic health information, including the tests and results he performed.
In a memo released late Friday, Conley reported being treated in the hospital with the antiviral drug remdesivir after sharing that Trump was taking another laboratory drug at the White House.
Conley didn’t say when Trump was last tested before it was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 late Thursday. He initially suggested that Trump was 72 hours after diagnosis. This means that the infection was confirmed on Wednesday. Conley was later confirmed positive for the White House aide Hope Hicks, and Trump was accurately tested for the virus on Thursday afternoon after Trump showed “clinical signs” of the virus. Clarified.
The White House said Mr. Trump is expected to stay in the hospital for “a few days” and will continue to work in the Presidential Suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties. Understand that, in addition to testing and access to equipment, the decision to move to the hospital on Friday, at least in part, could signal anxiety if he gets worse later in a hurry. It was done.
On Saturday, Conley said Trump’s blood oxygen level was 96%, which was in the normal range. The two experimental drugs he received were given through IV and have some potential for COVID-19. On Friday, he is testing Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc to supply antibodies to help his immune system fight the virus. I received a single dose of the drug.
On Friday night, he launched a five-day course of Remdesivir, a Gilead Sciences drug currently used in patients with moderate and severe illness. The drug works in different ways. Antibodies help the immune system get rid of the virus’s body, and remdesivir suppresses the virus’s ability to grow.
“We make the most of all aspects of his care,” Conley said, attacking the virus in multiple ways. “I didn’t want to hold back anything if it could add value to his care.”
He said that COVID-19 can often become more dangerous as the body reacts. “The first week of COVID, especially days 7-10, is of paramount importance in determining the possible course of the disease,” he said.
At the same time, the White House has been working to track the outbreak of new infections in Trump’s aides and allies. In particular, attention is focused on the September 26 White House event, which introduces Trump’s Supreme Court candidates. That day, Trump gathered more than 150 people in the Rose Garden, where they mixed, hugged, and shook hands — overwhelmingly without a mask. As the photo shows, there were also some indoor receptions chosen by Trump’s Supreme Court, where Amy Connie Barrett, her family, and the Senator spent time near the White House.
Among those who attended and are currently positive are former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, President of Notre Dame University, and at least two Republicans, the Utah Senate. There are Congressman Mike Lee and North Carolina Senator. Tom Tillis. Presidential campaign manager Bill Steppin and Republican National Committee chairman Rona McDaniel also did not attend the event, but tested positive. Another prominent Republican who tested positive: Senator Ron Johnson. R-Wis.
A White House official said Saturday night that one of the president’s personal assistants, Nick Luna, tested positive after several recent trips to Trump. Officials were not allowed to discuss the issue by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Corbin reported from Washington. People reported from New York. The Associated Press Chief Medical Writer, Milwaukee’s Marilyn Marquione, and the Associated Press Writer, Wilmington’s Bill Burrow, and Washington’s Siegmiller contributed to this report.