President Trump, who was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday for COVID-19 treatment, said in a four-minute long Twitter video on Saturday night that he is feeling “much better.” “I think I’ll be back soon,” he said.
Mr. Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in a statement late Saturday that while Mr. Trump is “not out of the woods,” doctors are “cautiously optimistic.”
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Fox News late Saturday that he and Conley were “very concerned” about Mr. Trump’s health on Friday, and the president’s oxygen was dropping “very rapidly.”
A source familiar with the president’s health said earlier Saturday that his vitals over the past 24 hours were “very concerning” and “the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.”
“We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source added.
Mr. Trump’s status and the timeline of the progression of his symptoms remained unclear on Saturday. Two sources confirmed to CBS News’ Paula Reid that Mr. Trump received oxygen at the White House on Friday before he was transferred to Walter Reed.
Mr. Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters on Saturday that Mr. Trump was not currently on oxygen, but did not say whether he had been previously. Receiving oxygen may be standard medical protocol and is not an indication that Mr Trump was suffering shortness of breath.
Conley told reporters earlier in the day that Mr. Trump is “just 72 hours into the diagnosis now,” indicating that the president may have known that he had contracted the virus as early as Wednesday. The president met in person with officials in Minnesota and appeared at a fundraiser at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Wednesday. A memo from the White House attempted to clarify Conley’s comments, saying Mr. Trump was diagnosed the evening of Thursday, October 1.
Mr. Trump is being treated with remdesivir, a drug that has shortened the recovery time for some patients with the virus. Doctors said Mr. Trump is fever-free and in “exceptionally good spirits.”
Several other members of Mr. Trump’s orbit reported positive COVID-19 test results, including Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, former senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was admitted to the hospital Saturday afternoon.
President Donald Trump exits Marine One at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dan Scavino says he has tested negative
White House deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino said Saturday night that he has tested negative for the coronavirus. Scavino says he will take another test tomorrow morning and if it comes back negative he will go to Walter Reed Medical Center to work with President Trump and chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Chief of staff says he and Trump’s doctor were “very concerned” about his health on Friday
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Fox News late Saturday that Mr. Trump is doing “very well” and Meadows is “very optimistic.”
Meadows said Mr. Trump does not have a fever and the president is “doing really well with his oxygen saturation levels.”
“Yesterday morning, we were real concerned with that — he had a fever and his blood oxygen level had dropped rapidly,” Meadows said. “And yet, in typical style, this president was up and walking around, and even as the experts from the medical facilities, not only at Walter Reed but also Johns Hopkins, got there, they looked at his situation, recommended that out of an abundance of caution, he come here to Walter Reed. But he’s been — he’s been an outstanding patient, with one exception — he continues to work and continues to believe that he’s got to get a number of things done for the American people.”
Meadows said transferring power to Vice President Mike Pence was “never a consideration.”