PRESIDENT Donald Trump shared a video message from hospital on Saturday evening, warning the “next few days will be the real test” in his fight against coronavirus.
The four-minute video follows a day of confusion over his condition with doctors saying he’s doing well, but the White House chief of staff saying his vitals are “very concerning and the next 48 hours is critical.”
“I came here, wasn’t feeling so well. I’m feeling much better now,” Trump said.
“I’m starting to feel good. You don’t know over the period of a few days – I guess that’s the real test.”
“We’ll be seeing what happens over the next couple of days.”
He added that he’ll “‘be back soon” and will “finish the campaign.”
Trump was flown to Walter Reed hospital on Friday, just hours after he first revealed he tested positive for COVID-19.
The White House doctor said Trump has been given the experimental drug Remdesivir.
Trump is expected to be in the hospital for a few days, the White House said.
“We’re gonna beat this coronavirus – or whatever you want to call it – and we’re going to beat it soundly,” Trump vowed.
On experimental treatments, Trump said there are some that “look like they’re miracles coming down from God.”
Earlier on Saturday, a report said Trump repeatedly asked aides if he was going to die from Covid in the hours before he was airlifted to hospital on Friday.
Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020
According to a Vanity Fair journalist, Trump asked his aides, “Am I going out like Stan Chera? Am I?”
Trump was referencing his New York City friend who died of coronavirus in April.
Earlier, Dr Sean Conley, alongside nine other members of the president’s medical team, provided an update from the Walter Reed medical center.
Conley said the president was in “exceptionally good spirits” and that Trump had said, “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”
Following the update, Trump tweeted: “Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!
“Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared an update from Trump’s doctor on Saturday.
Conley said Trump “made substantial progress since diagnosis,” and has taken two doses of Remdesivir.
“He remains fever-free and off supplemental oxygen with a saturation level between 96 and 98% all day,” Conley said.
“He spent most of the afternoon conducting business, and has been up and moving about the medical suite without difficulty.
“While not out of the woods, the team remains cautiously optimistic,” Conley added.
The doctor said tomorrow, the medical team will continue monitoring the president “in between doses of Remdesivir.”
In his Saturday address, Trump thanked the American people and other world leaders for the support he’s been shown.
“I had no choice because I didn’t want to stay in the White House,” Trump said of being hospitalized.
“I had to be out front. This is America, This is the United States. This is the greatest country in the world. This is the most powerful country in the world. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs and be totally safe and just say ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens.’”
“We have to confront problems,” Trump said.
He added: “I’m doing well. I want to thank everybody. Our First Lady is doing very well,” he added of wife Melania, who also tested positive for the virus.
“We’re both doing well. Melania is really handling it very nicely,” Trump said of his wife, noting at 50 years old she is “slightly younger” than himself at 74.
“We know the disease. We know the situation with age versus younger people, and Melania is handling it statistically like it’s supposed to be handled, and that makes me very happy and it makes the country very happy,” Trump said.
But I’m also doing well and I think we’re gonna have a very good result.”
He added: “Again, over the next few days we’re probably going to know for sure.”
The White House on Saturday night released pictures of Trump working from Walter Reed.
On Saturday morning, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sparked confusion after telling reporters that the road to recovery is not “clear” – a far less optimistic view of the president’s condition.
Meadows said: “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
‘I’M GOING TO BEAT THIS’
Reacting to the confusion, top Republicans and administration aides sent out messages insisting Trump was doing well.
Trump reportedly was infuriated by the comments, believing they gave the perception that he was sicker than was let on by The White House, sources told The New York Times.
Following Meadows’ comments, the president posted a tweets insiting “I am feeling well!” and spoke to others to reassure his health.
Hours later, Trump released the video to Twitter as he assured he was feeling better – but said only the next few days will tell.
Just had another great call with @POTUS. He sounds well and says he’s feeling good. We talked about the people’s business — fighting the pandemic, confirming Judge Barrett, and strengthening the economy for American families. Let’s keep our President & First Lady in our prayers.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 3, 2020
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell posted a tweet, saying Trump “sounds well and says he’s feeling good.”
Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani also spoke to the president , saying, “If you can judge by the way he speaks, he sounded like vintage Donald Trump.”
The president told Giuliani he was going to “beat this,” according to the New York Post.
“You go tell people I’m watching this coverage [reporting his condition is worse than initially thought],” he told the former New York mayor.
“I feel I could get out of here right now. But they’re telling me there can always be a backstep with this disease. But I feel I could go out and do a rally.”
Seemingly reacting to criticism over the White House’s lax precautions against the virus, Trump said: “I am the president of the United States. I can’t lock myself in a room.
“I had to confront [the coronavirus] so the American people stopped being afraid of it so we could deal with it responsibly.”
“We have made tremendous progress on treating this disease. Fatality rates are very low compared to [the beginning].
“I’m going to beat this.
“Then I will be able to show people we can deal with this disease responsibly, but we shouldn’t be afraid of it.
“If I had handled it any other way, I would have created more panic, more fear in the American people.
“We are making great progress on dealing with this disease and making better progress with the economy than anyone had the right to expect.”
RUSHED TO HOSPITAL
In extraordinary scenes at the White House on Friday, Trump, 74, was rushed via helicopter to the medical center near Washington DC after he was struck down with coronavirus symptoms – putting the US election in jeopardy with just weeks to go.
Speaking on Fox News on Saturday, Meadows said concern was sparked over the president’s health when his oxygen levels “dropped rapidly.”
“Yesterday, we were real concerned. He had a fever and his blood oxygen level dropped rapidly,” Meadows said.
Hours after he was transported to the hospital via Marine One, Trump tweeted: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
After it was reported Trump was “struggling to breathe,” Conley said Trump was given a dose of Remdesivir.
The drug, which is used for the treatment of Ebola, SARS, and hepatitis C, is an antiviral medication that is designed to interfere with the virus’s ability to copy its genetic material.
The drug was approved for emergency use in May amid the outbreak.
Conley said in an update late on Friday that Trump was “doing very well” and “is not requiring any supplemental oxygen.”
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