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Trump tweets he will leave hospital Monday evening

Oct. 5 (UPI) — President Donald Trump tweeted that he will leave the hospital on Monday evening after three days of treatment for COVID-19.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M.” the president said Monday on Twitter at 2:37 p.m. Eastern time. “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. “I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

The president urged his supporters not to fear the coronavirus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans and sickened more than 7.45 million people.

“Don’t be afraid of COVID,” Trump tweeted. “Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge.”

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Monday that Trump’s health improved overnight. He also said Trump is ready to get back “to a normal working schedule.”

Trump made a surprise excursion Sunday evening outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where was admitted Friday for treatment of COVID-19. He wore a cloth mask while sitting in the back seat of an SUV and waved at cheering supporters around the hospital. At least two people were seen in the car with him.

Doctors criticized the trip as careless and said it flagrantly flouted precautions designed to contain the coronavirus.

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater,” Walter Reed attending physician Dr. James Phillips, who is also a doctor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, tweeted.

“Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

“That presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” he wrote in another post. “The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding.”

The Washington Post reported that current and former Secret Service officials criticized the drive, as well as Trump aides.

Trump announced his diagnosis early Friday and he was flown the hospital later that evening aboard Marine One. White House physician Dr. Sean Conley told reporters Sunday Trump has shown improvement.

The White House dismissed concerns about Trump’s motorcade drive outside the hospital, saying it had been cleared by medical staff.

“Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the president and all those supporting it, including PPE,” spokesman Judd Deere said. “The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.”

Doctors said Sunday the president could be moved back to the White House as early as Monday. But Conley acknowledged the president’s oxygen levels had dropped twice since Friday and that he’d been treated with the powerful steroid dexamethasone, which is recommended only for COVID-19 patients who need oxygen, including those on ventilators.

Administering the drug risks a systemic inflammatory response that can lead to lung injury

Trump Makes Calls, Tweets From Hospital But Faces Decisive Days

US President Donald Trump has resumed making calls and tweeting from hospital, but doctors say his progress on Sunday will be crucial to see if he develops a more severe form of Covid-19.

The president’s medical team was due to give an update of the his condition late Sunday morning.

Trump posted a video Saturday from the business suite in Walter Reed medical center near Washington, saying he was improving and would be “back soon” — but that the crucial coming days would be “the real test.”

On Sunday, his deputy campaign manager Jason Miller told ABC he had spoken to Trump for a half-hour Saturday and that the president was eager for political news with the November 3 election less than a month away.

This White House handout photo released October 4, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump working in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland a day earlier after testing positive for Covid-19 This White House handout photo released October 4, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump working in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland a day earlier after testing positive for Covid-19 Photo: The White House / Joyce N. BOGHOSIAN

 

He was even “cracking jokes,” Miller said.

National security advisor Robert O’Brien also said Trump was doing well, telling CBS that any discussion of a potential transfer of power to Vice President Mike Pence — as has happened when other presidents underwent surgery or were sedated — was “not something that’s on the table” for now.

Pence has been close to some of those testing positive but says he has regularly tested negative. As Trump has had to freeze or rework his campaign, the vice president is continuing a busy schedule of appearances.

But serious questions linger over the timing and severity of the president’s illness — and whether he might have exposed dozens of others to Covid-19 even after a close aide tested positive.

US President Donald Trump was said to be doing "well" although there was confusion over mixed messaging from his medical team US President Donald Trump was said to be doing “well” although there was confusion over mixed messaging from his medical team Photo: AFP / SAUL LOEB

 

A confusing timeline provided by Trump’s advisors and doctors suggested that he met with more than 30 donors on Thursday in Bedminster, New Jersey even after learning that close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive — and just hours before he announced his own positive test.

 

 

All this came in a week when one poll — taken in the two days after a bruising presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden but before news emerged of Trump’s illness — showed his approval rating hitting a low point for the year.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey gave Biden a significant a 53-39 percent lead among registered voters.

The celebration for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the White House on September 26 is thought to have been the source of new infections inside the president's inner circle The celebration for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the White House on September 26 is thought to have been the source of new infections inside the president’s inner circle Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / CHIP SOMODEVILLA

 

News of Trump’s hospitalization has drawn widespread sympathy but also fueled a sense among some that he was paying a price for months of consistently downplaying the severity of the pandemic.

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The Latest: President Trump Tweets That He’s ‘Feeling Well’ | Washington, D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on coronavirus infections hitting President Donald Trump and others in his circle (all times EDT):

President Donald Trump says he’s “feeling well” and has voiced his appreciation for the medical professionals treating him for COVID-19 at a military hospital.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted, “Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!”

He also says, “With their help, I am feeling well!”

It comes as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Trump went through a “very concerning” period Friday and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.

Trump’s doctors painted a rosy picture of the president’s health in a press conference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. But the briefing raised more questions than it answered.

The White House says Trump is expected to stay at the hospital for “a few days” and would continue to work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to keep up his official duties.

A person familiar with President Donald Trump’s medical condition says the president had been administered supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday before he was hospitalized.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The revelation follows a press conference by Trump’s doctors where they refused to confirm the president had been on oxygen following his COVID-19 diagnosis Thursday. The doctors would only say that Trump was not on oxygen at the hospital.

First lady Melania Trump also has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering at home.

White House doctors said President Donald Trump began exhibiting “clinical indications” of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon, earlier than previously known.

Trump’s doctors held a press conference Saturday at Walter Reed Medical Center, where the president was transported Friday. They said he was doing very well and his symptoms were improving.

However, a person familiar with the president’s illness said Trump’s condition was “very concerning” but he has been improving since going to the hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

Trump sent a tweet around 1 a.m. Friday confirming he had been diagnosed with coronavirus, along with first lady Melania Trump.

On Thursday evening, Trump called into Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show, where he discussed aide Hope Hicks’ diagnosis and that he had been tested for the illness. But he did not say whether he had suffered symptoms.

A statement from Trump’s doctors early Friday did not mention the president having symptoms.

Presidential aide and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has tweeted that he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

Christie said Saturday that he will be receiving medical attention and “will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition.”

He did not say whether he had symptoms.

Christie had said the last time he was with President Donald Trump