On Friday, President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Medical Center after positive Coronavirus test results. The hospital trip, which has been expected to last a few or several days, has been characterized as a precautionary step in case he were to need immediate treatment. He will be working from the presidential office space on the Medical Center grounds, apparently. Late Friday night, less than 24 hours after he first revealed his Coronavirus diagnosis and after he arrived at Walter Reed, Trump posted a Twitter update from the hospital, which was very short.
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
‘Going [well], I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!’
Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020
In a brief video message that he recorded before leaving the White House for Walter Reed, he used the same phraseology — he said, in part, “I think I’m doing very well,” adding in the video that “we’re going to make sure that things work out.” First Lady Melania Trump has also tested positive for the Coronavirus, but she has — as far as can be ascertained, at least — not been admitted to any medical facility. The president, for his part, has been said to be suffering from “mild” symptoms, as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows put it on Friday morning. White House physician Dr. Sean Conley subsequently said that Trump was “fatigued but in good spirits.” The initial course of the infection can take a week or more, so no matter initial “good spirits,” it’s possible he could have tough symptoms ahead.
Doctors say it could be a week or more before the severity of the #coronavirus infection impacting President Trump and the First Lady is known since it takes time for the virus to run its course.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) October 2, 2020
A few minutes after Trump’s late Friday night tweet, Conley issued another statement. He said that he himself recommended moving Trump to Walter Reed “for further monitoring.” He added that as of Friday evening, the president was “doing very well” and did not require supplemental oxygen but had started a course of the antiviral drug Remdesivir. While at the White House, Trump had previously completed an infusion of an experimental antibody treatment. On Saturday morning, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that Conley would be giving a third update on the president’s condition from Walter Reed at 11 A.M. Eastern time.
President @realDonaldTrump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, will be giving an update from Walter Reed at 11 am ET.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 3, 2020
Check out Twitter responses to Trump’s late Friday night update from Walter Reed below: