- The White House released images apparently showing Trump at work at Walter Reed Medical Center where he is being treated for COVID-19.
- The pictures are said to show the president on his way to recovery when conflicting information about his condition emerged.
- However, critics say the pictures are a publicity stunt and were taken 10 minutes apart.
- Andrew Feinberg, a White House correspondent, pointed out that a picture showed the president signing a blank sheet of paper with a sharpie marker.
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The White House released pictures of the portrayal of President Donald Trump at work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Saturday evening to reassure the American people about the president̵
A picture shows the president wearing a white shirt and working in the conference room in the suite of rooms reserved for the president in the hospital, the White House said.
—Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) October 4, 2020
Another picture released by the White House shows the President in a blue blazer and shirt signing a document in the hospital’s presidential suite.
—Edward-Isaac Duty (@IsaacDovere) October 4, 2020
In a tweet on Saturday night, the president’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, shared one of the president’s pictures with the message, “Nothing can stop him from working for the American people. RELENTLESS!”
– Ivananka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 4, 2020
“Guy’s a machine. @RealDonaldTrump who works at Walter Reed,” tweeted Ben Williamson, a senior communications advisor at the White House.
However, critics point to aspects of the images that suggest they are more of a publicity stunt than compelling evidence that the president is recovering and able to carry out his duties as president.
In a series of tweets, Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of Air Current, a digital aviation publication, noted that according to the images provided by The Associated Press, the data was taken only about 10 minutes apart at 5:25:59 And 5:35:40 p.m. ET Saturday.
However, the pictures are taken in different rooms, with the President wearing a blazer in one photo and just a shirt in another.
—Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) October 4, 2020
Andrew Weinberg, a White House correspondent for outlets like The Independent, noted that in a picture Trump appears to be writing his name with a sharpie on a blank piece of paper.
– Andrew Feinberg (@ AndrewFeinberg) October 4, 2020
The images were released on Saturday to reassure Americans about the president’s health as conflicting information emerged from official sources and rumors swirled.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on questions about the pictures.
In a video released on Saturday, Trump said he was “feeling much better now” and praised medical staff for the care he had received.
“We’re working hard to get me back,” he said. “I have to be back because we still have to make America great.”
In a press conference on Saturday, Trump’s chief medical officer, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley that the president’s condition has improved, his fever has subsided, and he has not been given supplemental oxygen. However, Conley wouldn’t say whether the president had needed supplemental oxygen at any point.
But Chief of Staff Mark Meadows later told reporters about the president’s condition that it remained serious: “We are not yet on a clear path to a full recovery.”
The Washington Post later reported that Trump was upset by Meadows’ comments and ordered the aides to be more positive about his condition.