“The president’s vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical to his upkeep. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” Meadows told reporters.
Trump is outraged by the botched news in Meadows, according to a senior Trump adviser.
A separate White House official confirmed that Trump is unhappy with Meadows as the chief of staff is now seen by Trump advisors as undermining the credibility of current medical information about the president’s battle with coronavirus.
Conley spoke to the president before briefing press officials on Saturday, a White House official said. The official added that Conley probably won’t say more than the president wants to say.
During a press conference on Trump’s health on Sunday, Conley appeared to be blaming the media when asked about Meadows’ contradicting comments, saying the top aide’s remarks were “misinterpreted”.
“The boss and I are working side by side, and I think his statement has been misinterpreted. What he meant was that he and I had this momentary episode of high fever and temporary apostasy 24 hours ago when we checked in with the president were in the satiety that made us act appropriately to get him here, “said Conley, referring to Walter Reed’s medical center.
“Luckily that was really a very passing, limited episode, a couple of hours later he was awake again. Mild again. You know, we, I’m not going to speculate what this limited episode was about this early in the course, but he does good, “he added.
Trump did not address the conflicting reports about his condition in a video he tweeted Saturday night, despite acknowledging the days ahead would be crucial.
“I just want to tell you that I’m feeling fine,” he said. “They don’t know for the next few days, I think this is the real test. So we’ll see what happens in the next few days.”
Conley also on Sunday defended the decision not to disclose the president was being given oxygen, saying he wanted to “reflect the team’s optimistic stance”.
“I tried to reflect the optimistic attitude of the team, the president, about his disease progression. I did not want to give any information that could steer the disease progression in any other direction, and the result is that we are trying to hide something that is not was absolutely true, “he said. “The fact is, he’s doing very well.”
This story was updated on Sunday with further developments.
CNN’s Devan Cole, Sam Fossum, Betsy Klein and Maeve Reston contributed to this report.