BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – President Donald Trump received supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and before he was flown to a military hospital.
A person familiar with Trump’s condition confirmed that Trump was given oxygen at the White House after the President’s Doctor, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, who bypassed the question at a press conference on Saturday. Conley said Trump stopped receiving oxygen on Thursday or since he was a patient at Walter Reed Medical Center.
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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s doctor on Saturday painted a rosy picture of the health of the president, who remains in hospital for coronavirus treatment. However, that assessment was immediately refuted by a person familiar with Trump’s condition, who said the situation was very worrying.
Even the sunnier briefing from Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley and other doctors at Walter Reed Medical Center raised more questions than it answered, including whether the president ever needed supplemental oxygen and when exactly he got sick
According to a person familiar with Trump’s condition, some of Trump’s vital signs have been “very worrying” in the past 24 hours. The person, who was not allowed to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the next 48 hours will be crucial to his care.
Conley had said Trump had been fever free for 24 hours when he kept the nation updated on the state of the president from Walter Reed on Saturday afternoon. Trump was admitted and treated on Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
While Conley said the president was currently out of oxygen, he refused to say whether the president had ever been given oxygen, despite repeated questioning.
“No oxygen on Thursday. Currently none. And yesterday with the team when we were all here he had no oxygen, ”he said. He said Trump’s symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion, are “now going away and getting better”.
“He’s in an exceptionally good mood,” said another doctor, Sean Dooley.
The government has consistently been less transparent about the president’s health as the virus spread through the White House. Aides had refused to share basic health information about the president, including a full statement of his symptoms, the tests he performed and the results. The first word that a close adviser to Trump was infected came from the media, not the White House.
In a memo released just before midnight, Conley reported that Trump was treated with remdesivir, an antiviral drug, in the hospital after taking another experimental drug at the White House. He added that Trump “does very well” and “does not need additional oxygen”.
The White House said Trump is expected to stay in the hospital for “a few days” out of caution and continue working in the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to carry out his official duties. In addition to providing access to testing and equipment, the decision was made, at least in part, with an understanding that later movement, if deteriorated, could send a signal of concern.