The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump eager to leave the hospital

THE LATEST WITH THE PRESIDENT’S CONDITION Trump wants to go home:     Via CNN’s Maeve


Trump wants to go home:



Via CNN’s Maeve Reston and Kevin LiptakPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms White House says ‘appropriate precautions’ were taken for Trump’s outing to see supporters MORE is indicating that he wants to return to the White House as soon as today, even as the specifics of his condition are unclear.

What Trump is saying: “Trump was demanding to go back to the White House on Sunday, two sources familiar with the situation told CNN. ‘He is done with the hospital,’ one of the sources said of Trump’s mood on Sunday. Trump is concerned the sight of him being hospitalized ‘makes him look weak,’ the other source said.” 

What we know: “Monday morning, the President’s advisers were signaling he would likely be back to the White House by the evening, a prospect first raised by one of his physicians during Sunday’s briefing. The messages were funneled through Fox News, which the President has been watching almost without interruption inside the presidential suite at Walter Reed, often growing upset by what he views as exaggerated descriptions of his health.”

NEW INFO FROM Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsWhite House Correspondents’ Association: ‘Outrageous’ for Trump to leave hospital without informing pool Trump sought to keep COVID-19 diagnosis secret Thursday as he awaited second test result: WSJ Photo of Mark Meadows rubbing his head during update on Trump’s health goes viral MORE:

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that a decision will be made later today on when to release President Trump from the hospital.

Meadows said on “Fox & Friends”: “The doctors will actually have an evaluation sometime late morning and then the president, in consultation with the doctors, will make a decision on whether to discharge him later today. We’re still optimistic that based on his unbelievable progress and how strong he’s been in terms of his fight against this COVID-19 disease that he will be released, but that decision will not be made until later today.”


His doctors appear upbeat

There have been drops in Trump’s oxygen level

Trump is on a number of medications


And what we don’t know:

Why Trump is receiving the drugs he is  

What Trump’s chest scans showed

When Trump contracted the virus


Details for each:


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Another positive COVID-19 case in the White House:

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany just announced that she tested positive for COVID-19.

Read her announcement on Twitter: 

She spoke with reporters last night … without a mask: “At 6pm last night, McEnany gaggled with reporters without a mask.” (From CNN’s Allie Malloy) 

Here’s a photo of McEnany yesterday: From CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaToddlers’ parents sue Trump over doctored ‘racist baby’ video Debate Commission snubs Latinos — again Red flags fly high, but Trump ignores them MORE: 

On McEnany still working: “Kayleigh was told she had direct contact with Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWhite House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms Trump sought to keep COVID-19 diagnosis secret Thursday as he awaited second test result: WSJ What we know and don’t know about the president’s health MORE but was told allowed to continue to come to work based on negative tests because she is an essential worker. She has been wearing a mask.” (From The New York Times’s Annie Karni) 

From ABC’s Jonathan Karl: “I wish you a speedy recovery.  And I hope the White House will begin to take appropriate precautions on White House grounds.”

By the way, Mark Meadows tested negative today: “Meanwhile, the White House chief of staff tested negative again this morning, per his aide” (Via CNN’s Jeremy Diamond)


The White House released photos of President Trump working in the hospital:

A few of the signs from well-wishers outside the hospital:

…is that Batman?:   

Woof, this was five days ago: Here’s a photo of Trump’s Duluth, Minn., rally last Wednesday. CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan pointed out, “feels like a lifetime ago.” Photo of the crowd: 




Not every Friday newspaper was able to add the Trump COVID-19 news in time: The Hill’s Reid Wilson tweeted: “Looks like NYT print version went to bed before Trump’s positive test, but LA Times got it” Photo:


Trump ticked off a lot of people with this stunt:

President Trump briefly left his hospital suite to make a “surprise” visit to supporters from his motorcade. 

Reaction from a doctor associated with Walter Reed: “That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”

And from CNN medical analyst Leana Wen: “I cannot imagine a situation in which a patient with #covid19 who has had at least two substantial drops in oxygen saturation & is on multiple treatments for severe illness would go for a car ride.  AND: Actively contagious. In a sealed car. With agents required to be there.”  

Video of the incident:




And here is audio of the crowd as Trump passed by: 

The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) was angry for another reason: “It is outrageous for the president to have left the hospital — even briefly — amid a health crisis without a protective pool present to ensure that the American people know where their president is and how he is doing,” said WHCA President Zeke Miller. “Now more than ever, the American public deserves independent coverage of the president so they can be reliably informed about his health.”


The Trump campaign is scrambling:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Brett Samuels, “A campaign that has relied heavily on the candidate ginning up enthusiasm at in-person events will have to make do with virtual events and campaign trail stand-ins as [President Trump] recovers at Walter Reed National Medical Center.”

Why Senate Republicans are particularly anxious:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Republicans are growing weary of the political roller coaster that is President Trump and say their prospects of keeping the Senate in November are as unpredictable as Trump himself.” 

This last week: has been “the latest example of Senate Republican planning and discipline being undermined by an unpredictable president who likes to operate by his own set of rules.” 

Yikes, it has been A WEEK:





Sen. Toomey is retiring:

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA’s bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Pa.) announced that he won’t seek reelection in 2022. 

What’s next for Toomey: “Toomey, who is in his second Senate term, also said he has decided not to run for governor in 2022 and instead will return to the private sector, although he doesn’t have any ‘specific plans’ for what he’ll do after 18 years of public service in Washington — three House terms and two Senate terms.” 


Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Democrats warn Supreme Court confirmation would endanger senators’ health, call for delay McCabe will not appear at Senate hearing, citing coronavirus concerns MORE (R-S.C.) just postponed tomorrow’s scheduled hearing with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe will not appear at Senate hearing, citing coronavirus concerns The FBI and special counsel’s horrible, terrible, miserable week Judge will not dismiss McCabe’s case against DOJ MORE. 

Why McCabe was testifying: “McCabe had been expected to testify as part of Graham’s months-long probe into ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ the name of the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s election meddling and the Trump campaign, as well as the subsequent investigation by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE.”


Welp, it’s a bit more complicated now:

The already tight timeline to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the November elections is now even more uncertain due to the coronavirus.  

How so: “Republicans have laid out an ambitious timeline to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court that’s left them only days to spare before the Nov. 3 election and no room for surprises.” 

And complicating everything: “The party now finds itself with six members absent this week — three because they tested positive for coronavirus and three who are working remotely due to potential exposure — capping the 53-seat GOP majority at 47 members for at least a week.” 

Not to mention: “Four of the six are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responsible for Barrett’s hearing and sending her nomination to the floor.” That includes:  Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTom Cotton: ‘No doubt’ coronavirus won’t stop confirmation of SCOTUS nominee White House gave New Jersey officials list of 206 people at Trump’s Thursday fundraiser events Pence tests negative for COVID-19 for third time since Trump’s diagnosis MORE (R-N.C.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTom Cotton: ‘No doubt’ coronavirus won’t stop confirmation of SCOTUS nominee Barr reverses, will quarantine for several days after potential coronavirus exposure White House gave New Jersey officials list of 206 people at Trump’s Thursday fundraiser events MORE (R-Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSupreme Court to hear GOP effort to reimpose Arizona voting restrictions Ted Cruz hits Fox’s Wallace for ‘train wreck’ debate, pitches new idea for moderators Chris Cuomo, Ted Cruz explode in off-the-rails CNN interview MORE (R-Texas) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) 

What to expect: Well, Republicans are still planning to stick to their original timeline for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.


Coronavirus relief package: “Congressional Democrats and the administration are continuing negotiations on a fifth coronavirus package, talks that gained new urgency in the wake of Trump’s diagnosis.” Where it stands: “The two sides are still haggling over a price tag for a bill, which has been a months-long sticking point.”

Nominations?: “Before McConnell announced that he would try to alter the Senate’s schedule, he had teed up votes on his favorite topic: judicial nominations … If McConnell can delay the Senate’s schedule, those would be delayed. He did not say in his statement if he will still hold votes this week if Democrats don’t agree to the pro formas.”  

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carney: 


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 7,423,328

U.S. death toll: 209,857

Breakdown of the numbers:






Throwback to this video from June:





The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He has no public events scheduled. 

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence tests negative for COVID-19 for third time since Trump’s diagnosis Pence tests negative again for virus as Trump remains in hospital Trump positive test roils White House, presidential campaign MORE leave for Salt Lake City, Utah.


4 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight CNN anchor confronts senior Trump campaign adviser after motorcade: Trump’s ‘downplaying the virus’ Biden again tests negative for COVID-19 MORE and his wife Jill Biden deliver remarks in Miami, Fla. Livestream:

4:45 p.m. EDT: The Massachusetts Senate debate between Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyPresidential debate proves the power of the climate movement Sen. Markey hopes new documentary will shed light on Alzheimer’s Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE (D-Mass.) and Republican challenger Kevin O’ConnorLivestream:


Today is National Apple Betty Day.

Check out Princess Diana’s dress in ‘The Crown’:

Via NBC’s Alyssa Newcomb, “ ‘The Crown’ is giving fans the first look at what actor Emma Corrin looks like dressed in a near replica of Princess Diana’s wedding dress from her 1981 royal wedding to Prince Charles.”

It’s a boy!:

The six-week-old panda cub at the National Zoo is a boy, the zoo announced.

Fun fact: “Outwardly, male and female cubs appear similar at birth, so a genetic test was the most accurate way to determine the cub’s sex,” according to the zoo.

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog who loves to watch cookies bake:

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