President Trump, who was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday for treatment for COVID-19, said in a four-minute Twitter video Saturday night that he is “feeling much better” and thinking he will “be back soon”.
Trump’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley said in a statement late Saturday that Mr. Trump was “not out of the woods” and the doctors “cautiously optimistic”.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Fox News late Saturday that he and Conley were “very concerned” about Mr. Trump’s health on Friday as the president̵
A source familiar with the president’s health said earlier Saturday that his vital signs for the past 24 hours were “very worrying” and “the next 48 hours will be critical to his maintenance”.
“We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” added the person.
Mr Trump’s status and the schedule for his symptoms to progress remained unclear on Saturday. Two sources confirmed CBS News’ Paula Reid that Mr Trump was given oxygen in the White House on Friday before being transferred to Walter Reed in Maryland.
Conley, his doctor, told reporters on Saturday that Mr. Trump was currently unoxygenated but did not say if he had been before. Ingesting oxygen may be a standard medical protocol and is not an indication that Mr. Trump was experiencing shortness of breath.
Mr Trump is being treated with remdesivir, a drug that has reduced some patients’ recovery time from the virus. Doctors said Mr. Trump was fever free and “exceptionally good-humored”.
Several other members of Mr Trump’s orbit reported positive COVID-19 test results, including Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, former senior advisorand former New Jersey Governor who was admitted to the hospital on Saturday afternoon.