Trump Remains at Hospital After COVID-19 Diagnosis

President Donald Trump remains hospitalized Saturday outside the nation’s capital after news he had contracted the coronavirus.
 
Late Friday, Trump, who is suffering from COVID-19, tweeted from his hospital suite, “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020The president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said Friday in a memo to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, “This evening I am happy to report that the President is doing very well. He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably.”
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download this video to view it offline.Trump was taken by helicopter Friday afternoon from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is expected to remain for at least several days.  
 
The president, with a wave and a thumbs-up gesture to reporters, boarded Marine One on the White House South Lawn and flew to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, which has a suite that allows presidents to work from the hospital.Maine One with President Donald Trump aboard leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington.After the helicopter landed at the hospital, Trump walked to a vehicle for the short drive to the main building’s entrance.  
 
“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days,” McEnany said in a statement.  
 
There was no transfer of power from the hospitalized 74-year-old president to Vice President Mike Pence, who was at his official residence, the U.S. Naval Observatory, according to White House officials.pic.twitter.com/B4H105KVSs— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020Trump “remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” McEnany said.  
 
Less than 24 hours after he and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with COVID-19, the president was given, at the White House, a yet-to-be approved, unproven but promising treatment.  
 
Trump “received a single, 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibodies,” the president’s physician said in a memo to McEnany. “He completed the infusion without incident.”Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
download this video to view it offline.Download File360p | 7 MB480p | 10 MB540p | 12 MB720p | 25 MB1080p | 50 MBOriginal | 176 MB Embed” />Copy Download AudioA high dose of the antibody cocktail REGN-COV2 has prompted levels of the virus to decrease more quickly in infected, non-hospitalized patients, potentially indicating the treatment may help them get better, Regeneron reported last week.  
 
Media reports, quoting sources, said Trump was suffering from chills, a fever and headache.A memorandum from the White House physician, Sean Conley, released by the White House, provides an update on President Donald Trump’s medical condition after the announcement that the president had tested positive for the coronavirus, Oct. 2, 2020.Conley added in his statement that the first lady “remains well with only a mild cough and headache, and the remainder of the First Family are well and tested negative” for the coronavirus.  
 
Trump’s illness comes a month before the November election. His opponent, Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden, said Friday he was sending “prayers for the health and safety of the first lady and the president of the United States.”  
 
Biden added that the president’s positive test for COVID-19 is a “bracing reminder to all of us that we have to take this virus seriously.”
 
Trump and Biden were about 4 meters apart on a debate stage Tuesday evening in Cleveland, Ohio. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests at least 2 meters for social distancing purposes.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrives to speak at United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 951 in Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 2, 2020.Biden’s campaign said the former vice president tested negative Friday for the coronavirus.
 
Speaking Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Biden, wearing a surgical mask, called again for a national mask mandate, asserting it could save 100,000 lives in 100 days.  
 
The coronavirus has killed more than 208,000 people in the United States and infected 7.3 million across the country, according to Johns Hopkins University data.  
 
Trump’s campaign Friday put on hold all previously announced campaign events involving the president’s participation.  
 
“Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events,” campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement.  
 
However, a spokesman confirmed early Saturday that Stepien also has tested positive for the virus and is suffering “mild, flu-like symptoms.”
 
In the early morning hours of Friday, Trump tweeted: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020Minutes later, the White House released a memorandum from the president’s physician, Conley, confirming the positive tests for the Trumps.  
 
Melania Trump later tweeted, “As too many Americans have done this year,  
@potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020In another tweet, the first lady acknowledged she also had “mild symptoms but overall feeling good.”Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020Trump, who for months has played down the seriousness of the coronavirus, on Thursday evening confirmed during a telephone interview on the Fox News Channel that he and the first lady had been tested after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, was confirmed to be infected.  The president, in his 70s and overweight, is in a high-risk category for the coronavirus, but until Friday was otherwise believed to be in good health.  Pence and his wife, Karen, tested negative for COVID-19 early Friday, according to spokesman Devin O’Malley. The spokesman said the vice president “remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.— Devin O’Malley (@VPPressSec) October 2, 2020U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that he and his wife, Susan, also tested negative.  Pompeo said he and his wife were examined on an airplane 20 minutes before landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The country’s top diplomat told reporters upon arrival that he last saw Trump on September 15 at the White House and said, “We are praying for the president and first lady that they’ll have a speedy recovery.”
 
Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who left the white House staff in August tweeted late Friday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians. As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020VOA’s Wayne Lee contributed to this report.
 



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