White House physician Dr. Sean Conley has released a Friday afternoon update on the condition of the president and First Lady following the earlier revelation that they had both tested positive for the Coronavirus. According to Conley, the president was “fatigued but in good spirits” as of Friday afternoon, while the First Lady had “only a mild cough and headache.” As of Conley’s statement, there had been no public comments attributed to the president himself since the middle-of-the-night tweet announcing his positive Coronavirus test results over twelve hours earlier.
Conley said that he released his own statement “with the permission of” the president. He said:
‘Following PCR-confirmation of the President’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. He completed the infusion without incident. In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin. As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits. He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps.’
Check out Conley’s full Friday afternoon statement below:
Update from WH doctor: "The president remains fatigued but in good spirits."
He adds the president has been given an "8 gram dose of Regeneron's polyclonal antibodies." pic.twitter.com/f0wO1lattu
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 2, 2020
As mentioned, Conley also provided an update on the First Lady’s condition. He said that Melania has a “mild” cough and headache. Additionally, he also noted that the “remainder of the First Family are well and tested negative” for the Coronavirus on Friday. The Trump campaign has already put all scheduled in-person events on hold that had one of the members of the First Family, including the president himself, on the bill. The individual events will be either postponed or held virtually, and according to campaign manager Bill Stepien, all other scheduled Trump team events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Trump campaign: “All previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 2, 2020
Donald and Melania tested positive for the virus hours after the news broke that top Trump aide Hope Hicks, who traveled with the president twice this past week, had herself tested positive. On Friday, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl said that he had been informed that Hicks was “quite sick.” The Trump administration has infamously struggled with credibility — to put it lightly — and in a time of national concern like the president’s contraction of the Coronavirus, that lack of credibility is a serious problem.
The White House is now on the record saying they discovered Hope Hicks’ positive test just as Marine One was taking off for President Trump’s fundraiser yesterday in New Jersey. The president still did this fundraiser after the positive diagnosis was known.
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) October 2, 2020