President Donald Trump will face a critical turning point in his battle with COVID-19 in the coming days as he remains at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday. He announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus.

Saturday brought a number of mixed messages about Trump’s health. After White House physician Sean Conley said he was “extremely happy” with Trump’s progress, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told The Associated Press that Trump’s condition in the past day had been “very concerning.”

On Saturday evening, Trump tweeted a video of himself telling the American people that he’s “starting to feel good,” but he acknowledged the coming days would be “the real test.” Doctors say that’s because an imbalanced immune response during this time can have life-threatening consequences. 

Trump worked “most of the afternoon” Saturday and was moving around his medical suite “without difficulty,” Conley said in a memo Saturday night. Conley’s team “remains cautiously optimistic,” though they were “not yet out of the woods.”

The latest news you need to know: 

  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie checked himself into the hospital Saturday with mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19. He did debate prep with Trump and said no one wore masks.
  • It’s not just the White House dealing with an onslaught of cases: Friday’s nationwide case count was the highest daily total in nearly two months.
  • “Operation MAGA”: The Trump campaign announced Saturday that despite the president’s illness, it plans to resume in-person events, leaning on Vice President Pence and Trump’s children.

📆 Countdown: 30 days until Election Day, three days until the vice presidential debate, 108 days until Inauguration Day, 89 days left in 2020.

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Trump previously had stake in drug companies

President Donald Trump previously reported that he earned capital gains from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Sciences Inc., the manufacturers of two of the medicines he is taking as part of his COVID-19 treatment plan.

According to a 2017 financial disclosure form filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Trump had a capital gain of $50,001 to $100,000 for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and $100,001 to $1 million for Gilead Sciences Inc. The form notes the information being noted was as of April 15, 2017.

Trump’s subsequent disclosure forms including his 2020 form signed July 31 did not list Regeneron or Gilead.

Trump received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail as a precautionary measure, according to his physician Sean Conley. The antibody cocktail is being studied in four late-stage clinical trials and its safety and efficacy have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority, the company said on its page.