On Friday afternoon, two administration officials reported that President Donald Trump is expected to be taken to Walter Reed Medical Center about 5:30 p.m. EST, less than 24-hours after confirmation that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
The president’s health has worsened throughout Friday, officials said. However, they assured reporters that he remained “in good spirits.” Trump is having issues with a low-grade fever, cough, and nasal congestion, along with other coronavirus-related symptoms.
The officials stated that the hospital visit is “out of an abundance of caution.” Additionally, they said the president could remain at Walter Reed for several days. Aides started to plan Trump’s hospital trip to Walter Reed this afternoon, officials said.
Bloomberg News’ senior White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs posted the breaking news on her Twitter account.
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Earlier on Friday morning, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters that the president has been experiencing “mild symptoms” after he and first lady Melania Trump’s positive diagnoses. The first lady posted on Twitter that she had “mild symptoms” as well, but is “overall feeling good.”
The president will either postpone or conduct upcoming campaign events virtually, his campaign manager explained Friday.
President Trump worked Friday and made calls from his residence. He plans to continue working from the hospital. In fact, Walter Reed has an executive office suite that was created for this exact reason. The suite includes both a residence and an office space for the president. Officials stressed that Trump is not seriously ill. Yet, because of his age, and other risk factors, he and his aides chose to take this precautionary measure.
Trump is expected to travel to the hospital on Marine One. Supposedly, he is to walk out to the helicopter on his own.
Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, shared an update from the president’s doctor on Twitter earlier Friday afternoon.
“As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits,” White House physician Sean P. Conley wrote in a memo. “He’s being evaluated by a team of experts and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps.”
[H/T Washington Post]