See how the president downplayed the pandemic until he contracted the virus.
Washington DC – President Donald Trump's doctor reported this afternoon that the president has symptoms of fatigue, but “is in good spirits” after he tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday night.
Sean P. Conley reported in a memo that Trump is being treated “preventively” with an eight-gram dose of polyclonal antibodies developed by the pharmaceutical company Regeneron, which in clinical trials has been shown to be effective in reducing mortality from the virus. “He completed the infusion without incident,” he said.
He also indicated that the president has been taking iron, vitamin D, famotidine (a medicine to reduce acidity in the stomach), melatonin (a hormone used to regulate the sleep cycle) and aspirin.
“(The president) is being evaluated by a team of experts and together they will be making their recommendations to the president and the first lady on the next steps,” Conley said.
As for Melania Trump, the White House doctor indicated that “she is fine with only a moderate cough and headache.”
The rest of the Trump family was reported to have tested negative for COVID-19.
Earlier, the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, said today that President Donald Trump has “mild symptoms” but continues to hold office, after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“He's doing his job, he'll keep doing his job,” Meadows said.
This morning the president announced that he and the first lady, Melania Trump , tested positive for the coronavirus. Melana Trump also disclosed that she has mild symptoms.
According to the chief of staff, this morning Trump entrusted him with five or six tasks, and asked him about the economy and negotiations with the Democratic leadership of Congress regarding a possible next economic stimulus bill.
Trump, who spent much of the year downplaying the threat from the virus that has already killed more than 205,000 people across the country, said he and Mrs. Trump immediately quarantined themselves.
Meadows acknowledged that the White House learned of the positive from Trump's aide, Hope Hicks, shortly before he traveled Thursday to a fundraising event at the president's golf club in New Jersey, which was attended by hundreds of people.
“We found out when the 'Marine One' (the presidential helicopter) took off” for Andrews Base, Maryland, from where Air Force One takes off. Hundreds of people attended the fundraising event at the Bedminster Golf Club.
Meadows noted that the White House has tested “all of our senior staff for the virus.” Both the v
Trump made the announcement via Twitter.
Meadows expects other White House officials to test positive for the virus and said that “all of our senior staff” have been tested for the virus.
Vice President Michael Pence announced that he and his wife tested negative for the coronavirus this morning. Meadows also tested negative, as did Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who had meetings this week with President Trump.
For her part, the president of the Republican Party of the United States, Ronna McDaniel, tested positive for the coronavirus a few days ago, according to her spokeswoman.
Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) and Legal Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) said they spoke with Trump today and found him very upbeat.
McConnell acknowledged on a radio program (Hugh Hewitt) that the confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett as the next judge of the United States Supreme Court is still underway, but acknowledged that the coronavirus is the greatest challenge in that process.
Barrett's confirmation hearings are due to begin Oct. 12. President Trump wants the judge, who will create a 6-3 conservative majority, to be confirmed before the Nov.3 election.