DONALD Trump’s condition is improving and he may even be able to leave hospital on Monday, his doctor said Sunday, amid continued confusion about the president’s condition.
Dr Sean Conley sought to clarify Trump’s response to treatment for Covid, following a day of mixed messages from the president’s medical team and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
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Speaking outside the Walter Reed Medical Center, doctors said, if Trump continues to improve, they “plan for discharge as early as tomorrow.”
Doctor Brian Garibaldi said: “Today, he feels well. He’s up and around. And if he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House where he can continue his treatment course.”
Dr Conley also also confirmed Trump experienced “two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation levels” on Friday, as well as having a high fever.
The president was also on supplemental oxygen for roughly one hour, the doctor said.
Conley added that Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ conflicting statement to reporters on Saturday was “misconstrued,” adding that “the chief and I work side-by-side.”
Minutes after Trump’s medical team addressed the nation on Saturday, Meadows spoke off-the-record to a pool of reporters asking to be quoted as an ‘anonymous source’.
He painted a very different picture to journalists, saying Trump’s vital signs had been “very concerning” and that the next 48 hours would be “critical” in his care.
“We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” Meadows added.
However, during Sunday’s press briefing, Dr Conley claimed Meadows was referencing the president’s high fever and oxygen drop 24 hours earlier.
Trump shared a video message from hospital on Saturday evening, warning the “next few days will be the real test” in his fight against coronavirus.
The four-minute video follows a day of confusion over his condition with doctors saying he’s doing well, but the White House chief of staff saying his vitals are “very concerning and the next 48 hours is critical.”
“I came here, wasn’t feeling so well. I’m feeling much better now,” Trump said.
“I’m starting to feel good. You don’t know over the period of a few days – I guess that’s the real test.”
“We’ll be seeing what happens over the next couple of days.”
He added that he’ll “‘be back soon” and will “finish the campaign.”
The president did not sound out of breath when he was speaking and he was upbeat as he addressed the nation while sitting at a table in the hospital.
“We’re gonna beat this coronavirus – or whatever you want to call it – and we’re going to beat it soundly,” Trump vowed.
On experimental treatments, Trump said there are some that “look like they’re miracles coming down from God.”
Trump was flown to Walter Reed hospital on Friday, just hours after he first revealed he tested positive for COVID-19.
Jason Miller, the Trump campaign senior adviser, said that he spoke to the president recently and that he said “he’s going to defeat this virus… and our campaign is going to defeat the virus.”
“Once he gets out of the hospital, he’s ready to get back to the campaign trail,” Miller told NBC. “He sounded pretty energetic.”
“But he said something else that I thought that was important too,’ Miller said, “and that was to be careful, and that was to remind folks to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, make sure that if you can’t socially distance, distance to wear a mask. And I thought that was a pretty important message to send and a reminder to the rest of the country.”
In extraordinary scenes at the White House on Friday, Trump, 74, was rushed via helicopter to the medical center near Washington DC after he was struck down with coronavirus symptoms – putting the US election in jeopardy with just weeks to go.
Hours after he was transported to the hospital via Marine One, Trump tweeted: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
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After it was reported Trump was “struggling to breathe,” Conley said Trump was given a dose of Remdesivir.
The drug, which is used for the treatment of Ebola, SARS, and hepatitis C, is an antiviral medication that is designed to interfere with the virus’s ability to copy its genetic material.
Remdesivir was approved for emergency use in May amid the outbreak.