“This morning the President’s team of physicians met with him in the Residence,” Dr. Sean Conley said in a brief, nonspecific memo, the latest report on Trump’s progress battling Covid-19.
“He had a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms,” Conley wrote.
Trump’s “vital signs and physical exam remain stable,” Conley wrote. “Overall he continues to do extremely well.”
The optimistic update from the White House doctor came less than a day after Trump, 74, was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been flown as a precautionary measure after he began experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.
The president had been hospitalized Friday evening, the same day he had announced on Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus.
White House officials said at the time that the president was experiencing “mild symptoms,” and Conley offered a rosy prognosis in a press conference Saturday. But he and other doctors have refused to answer specific questions from reporters about Trump’s health, and some officials have offered conflicting messages.
On Monday afternoon, Trump walked out of Walter Reed on his own, wearing a mask, and flew on Marine One back to the White House.
Upon his arrival, Trump climbed a set of steps to the balcony of the South Portico and removed his mask before saluting the helicopter’s departure. Critics, skeptical of the lack of transparency coming from the administration, noted that the president appeared to be breathing heavily at the time.
He then spoke in a video that was later posted to his social media, telling his followers not to let the coronavirus “dominate you.”
“I know there’s a risk, there’s a danger, but that’s OK,” Trump added in the video. “And now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know.”
Trump has access to world-class medical care and still-under-review treatments that are unavailable to most Americans. At least 210,195 people in the U.S. have died from Covid-19, and experts fear the virus could grow more intense as the winter approaches.
A member of the cleaning staff sprays The James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington.
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The president has been treated with a combination of drugs, some of which are given to patients suffering from severe symptoms of the coronavirus. They include Gilead’s remdesivir, along with an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron and the steroid dexamethasone.
Trump will continue to be closely monitored by a team of doctors.
Meanwhile, parts of the White House, including the press briefing room, have been deep-cleaned following a slew of people who work there recently testing positive for Covid-19. The list includes White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and presidential aide Hope Hicks, along with some members of the White House press corps.
Shortly after the administration shared Trump’s health update, Vice President Mike Pence’s physician said in a separate memo that Pence “has remained healthy” and that his most recent Covid-19 tests have come back negative.
Pence is set to debate Sen. Kamala Harris, the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, in Utah on Wednesday night.