President Donald Trump remains at Walter Reed Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment as questions regarding the timeline of his diagnosis have flooded social media.
Trump was taken from the White House to Walter Reed hospital and spent the weekend in the medical facility where he reportedly has his own suite. He began showing symptoms of the coronavirus last week including fatigue, cough and nasal congestion, prompting his hospital visit.
Trump’s Covid-19 Diagnosis
Word of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test began breaking late last Thursday evening and into early Friday morning. Now, some are questioning just when the administration may have known of the president’s illness.
New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman noted White House Physician Sean Conley’s timeline discrepancy on Saturday.
“Conley says we are 72 hours into the diagnosis,” she tweets. “We were told around 1 am on Friday morning that POTUS was positive, which is only 36 hours ago.”
Social Media Sounds Off
Haberman’s tweet caused many social media users to speculate just when the President’s administration knew Trump had COVID-19 and if they may have known before the first presidential debate on September 29.
“He knew before the debate he was positive and started showing symptoms immediately afterward,” a tweeter writes in response to Haberman. “It’s the only timeline that makes sense.”
Another Twitter user pointed out Trump’s voice and appearance during the first debate with Democratic Nominee Joe Biden.
“I literally said out loud at the beginning of the debate when Trump first started talking that he sounded congested,” The person says. “His eyes look puffy, he didn’t look well…rewind the tape.”
Others wondered aloud if Trump’ administration knew of his illness on Thursday, when he spent a portion of the day at a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump reportedly came into close contact with around 100 people at the event.
“They’ve admitted they knew (Hope) Hicks had tested positive before they went to Bedminster,” the tweet reads. “Protocol has anyone exposed to a known carrier should quarantine.”
Trump spent the weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center. It is not yet know when he will receive his release. The president did take a stroll on Sunday evening to greet supporters, but immediately returned to the hospital.