Confusion As Donald Trump Tweets He Is Doing Well While His Aide Say His Condition Is "Very Concerning"

President Donald Trump is doing 'very well' and in high spirits while undergoing an experimental treatment for coronavirus, his doctors say.


Trump's personal physician Sean Conley offered an update on his condition outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday morning alongside several other members of the president's medical team.

'This morning, the president is doing very well. The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. He's been fever free for 24 hours and we are cautiously optimistic,' Conley said, adding that Trump has a mild cough and nasal congestion that are 'resolving'.

Dr Shaun Dooley, a critical care physician, took the podium next and said Trump's heart, liver and kidney functions are being monitored and are currently in good condition.

Dooley said Trump is in 'high spirits' and told his team this morning: 'I feel like I could walk out of here today.'

Conley was repeatedly asked by reporters if Trump had been placed on supplemental oxygen at any point but he declined to respond, merely saying: 'He is not on oxygen right now.' He said that the president is walking around and working in his hospital suite.

Trump is currently undergoing a range of treatments including a polyclonal antibody cocktail made by Regeneron that is not available to the public, remdesivir - an ebola drug that has already been shown to work against the virus - and vitamin D. He is also taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine (the generic name for Pepcid AC), melatonin and daily aspirin.

The president took to Twitter shortly after the briefing ended, writing: 'Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!'


Asked about the discrepancy with Trump's testing timeline, Conley said Thursday night was when the team got a PCR confirmation of positive. It's unclear what kind of COVID tests the president receives on a daily basis. Trump and those around him are regularly tested.

'So Thursday afternoon following, following the news of a close contact is when we repeated testing and given kind of clinical indication, a little bit more concern and that's when -- late that night we got the PRC confirmation,' Conley said.

But a White House official clarified later that Conley meant it's day three of the president's diagnosis, not 72 hours and clarified the timing of medication administered to Trump.

'The doctor meant it's day three, not yet 72 hours,' the official told DailyMail.com. 'Diagnosis was made Thursday night, Regeneron administered later that night (2 days ago), not 48 hours ago.'

Dr Brian Garabaldi told reporters at the briefing: 'About 48 hours ago the president received a special antibody therapy directed at the coronavirus.'

Conley issued a statement clarifying his own remarks after the briefing, writing: 'This morning while summarizing the President's health, I incorrectly used the term "seventy two hours" instead of "day three" and "forty eight hours" instead of "day two" with regards to his diagnosis and the administration of the polyclonal antibody therapy.

'The President was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening of Thursday, October 1st and had received Regeron's antibody cocktail on Friday, October 2nd.'

White House senior staff and people meeting with the president receive the Abbott test, a 15 minute rapid response test that is said to be about 50 per cent accurate. The PCR test that Conley referred to has a more accurate response rate.

Conley said it was 'likely' President Trump will be in the hospital five days.

But the confusion raises more questions particularly after reports White House officials wanted to keep it a secret that Trump's close aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive for COVID on Thursday after not feeling well Wednesday night, when she was with President Trump in Minnesota for a campaign rally.

Trump spoke for only 45 minutes at that rally - unusually short for him as he tends to speak for over an hour - and was reported to have fallen asleep on the Air Force One during the trip back to Washington, which is also unusual for the president.

Conley said the plan was to treat Trump with a five-day course of remdesivir, a broad-spectrum anti-viral medication that has been used to treat Ebola and is being tested for possible use against the coronavirus.

'It's important to note that the president has been fever-free for over 24 hours,' Conley said, although he declined to say what the president's temperature had been.

He also caused confusion as to whether the president was ever on supplemental oxygen. The coronavirus affects a person's breathing and some patients end up on ventilators.

'He's not needed any this morning today at all,' he said.

Two people close to the White House told the New York Times in separate interviews that Trump had trouble breathing on Friday and doctors put him on supplemental oxygen after his oxygen level dropped while he was still at the White House. 

Trump took to Twitter on Friday night to share an upbeat message about his condition amid reports that he had been hospitalized because he was having 'trouble breathing'.

'Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!' Trump tweeted after a CNN report quoted an unnamed presidential adviser claiming that there is 'reason for concern' about his condition.

'This is serious,' the source told CNN, stating that Trump was 'very tired, very fatigued' and claimed that his condition was much more severe than Melania's.

They confirmed he is 'fatigued', but that his condition is not deteriorating and the public should not be alarmed.

The president gave a 'thumbs up' as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be airlifted to hospital on Friday evening. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn't speak.

Before traveling to hospital, Trump had released an 18 second video message to the nation, saying he was being hospitalized but 'I think I'm doing very well.'

'We're going to make sure that things work out,' he said, adding that the first lady was also 'doing very well'.


WHO HAS TRUMP BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AND WHO AMONG THEM IS INFECTED


Hope Hicks, counselor to the president - POSITIVE

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump - NEGATIVE 

Barron Trump - NEGATIVE 

Tiffany Trump - NEGATIVE

Eric Trump, Lara Trump - NEGATIVE

Donald Trump Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle - NEGATIVE

Vice President Mike Pence - NEGATIVE

Joe Biden and Jill Biden - NEGATIVE

Dan Scavino, Social Media Director - NEGATIVE

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel - POSITIVE

Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff - NEGATIVE

Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary - NEGATIVE

KellyAnne Conway, Trump's former advisor  who attended Saturday's announcement of SCOTUS nominee - POSITIVE

Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court nominee - NEGATIVE (She had the virus in the summer)

Rev John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame who attended Saturday's announcement of SCOTUS nominee - POSITIVE

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina who attended Saturday's announcement of SCOTUS nominee - POSITIVE

Mike Lee, Utah Republican senator who attended Saturday's announcement of SCOTUS nominee - POSITIVE

Bill Stepien, campaign manager - POSITIVE 

Chris Christie, helped with debate prep - POSITIVE

John McEntee, Director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office - UNKNOWN

Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney. Giuliani had spent the weekend at the White House doing debate prep - UNKNOWN 


Mitch McConnell - UNKNOWN

Lindsey Graham - UNKNOWN

Robert Ford, CEO of Abbott Laboratories, who was at the White House on Monday - UNKNOWN

Admiral Brett Geroir, assistant Health and Human Services secretary - UNKNOWN

Alex Azar, HHS secretary  - UNKNOWN

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