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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.

He mocked Biden’s