President Donald Trump arrived at the hospital Friday after he tested positive for COVID-19
with his first wife, Melania Trump, raising new concerns about the health of the President.
In Bethesda, Maryland, Trump, 74, went to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the assistants said it was a precautionary move. They were expecting him to be there for a couple of days, officials said.
Upon his way to Walter Reed, which is about 9 miles from the White House, Trump boarded Marine One, the Presidential Helicopter. Wearing a mask, as he walked across the grass, he gave the reporters his thumbs up but did not stop asking questions.
Trump told the public prior to his departure that he and the first lady had been doing well in the hours after they had tested positive.
I’m going to Walter Reed Hospital, I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure things work out. The first lady is doing very well, so thank you very much. I appreciate it. I’m never going to forget it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.
The President “remains in good mood, has moderate symptoms, and has worked all day,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
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The President will be operating for the next few days at Walter Reed’s Presidential Office, on the advice of his doctors and medical experts, out of abundant caution. “The outpouring of support for both him and the First Lady is appreciated by President Trump,” she said.
The President’s diagnosis, which he tweeted on Friday just before 1 a.m., sent shock waves through Washington and nationally, causing stocks to plunge just weeks before the presidential election.
According to Dr. Sean Conley, a White House doctor’s memo, the President received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail as a precautionary measure. In four late-stage clinical trials, the antibody cocktail is being studied and its safety and efficacy have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority, the company said on its page.
Zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and daily aspirin were also taken by the president, Conley said.
“As of this afternoon, the President remains exhausted but in good spirits,” Conley said, according to the memo.
Conley said the first lady had only a “mild cough and headache,” adding that for COVID-19, the other members of the family of the President were well and screened negative.
Since disclosing his diagnosis to a president who regularly tweets and retweets during the day, Trump has not posted an uncharacteristic move on his Twitter account.
“Because he’s hard at work, we’re going to have to hold him back a little,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News on Friday afternoon.
McEnany said, “It’s fair to say you’re going to see and hear from the president as he goes on with his work schedule,” when asked if Trump is going to tell the country about his health in the coming days.
Chief Executive Officer Hope Hicks leaves Marine One to join President Donald Trump on Air Force One as he leaves Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on September 30, 2020.
The advisor of President Hope Hicks walks from Marine One to join President Donald Trump on Air Force One as he leaves Sept. 30, 2020, …
After one of his closest advisers, Hope Hicks, who joined the President on a series of recent trips, had been infected, Trump revealed his test results. Hicks started feeling symptoms on a return flight from the Minnesota rally of the President on Wednesday and was isolated on the plane from other passengers.
Before Trump flew to his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., to attend a fundraiser on Thursday, Meadows reported, White House officials discovered that Hicks had tested positive.
“As far as Hope Hicks is concerned, I can tell you that we discovered just how Marine One took off yesterday,” said Meadows.
He added that some individuals who had traveled and had close interaction with Hicks had been excluded from the flight, raising concerns as to why the President had continued with the fundraiser, which had seen him come into contact with hundreds of supporters.
Both Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence tested negative. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden announced that during Tuesday’s first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, they also tested negative after coming into contact with the President.
Officials said Walter Reed had a suite of offices for the presidents, and the doctors advised Trump to use it as a precaution in the light of his positive COVID examination.
Aides insisted that the President was all right, walking and speaking around and that this was a precautionary step.
He would temporarily hand over the power to Pence if the President wants treatment and becomes disabled.
Section 3 of the Constitution’s 25th amendment, which allows for succession if the President becomes disabled, has been invoked only three times since it was ratified in 1967.
When he had surgery to remove a cancerous polyp in his large intestine in 1985, former President Ronald Reagan called for it, and when he underwent regular colonoscopies, George W. Bush used it twice.
At 74, the President is five times more likely than anyone between the ages of 18 and 29 to be hospitalized and 90 times more likely to die from COVID-19, according to the CDC.