In an update on Saturday, Trumps doctors outlined a relatively rosy picture of his condition. His situation is improving, he‘s out of fever, and he’s not given oxygen. But the press conference also raises questions. For example, his doctors suggested that the President‘s contamination was known for longer than thought, and did not exclude the President’s oxygen.
American media report, based on their own sources, that the president‘s condition was indeed worrying and that the next 48 hours will be decisive. Five questions about Trump and his contagion:
How’s he now?
According to official statements, the president is doing well and was transferred to Walter Reed Hospital yesterday purely as a precaution.
At a press conference at the entrance to the hospital, his personal physician Sean Conley even said this afternoon that the president is doing very well and that he is recovering well.
He had Thursday and Friday increase, said Conley, but has been fever-free for 24 hours now, has no extra oxygen, has no difficulty breathing, and walks around feeling that he can leave the hospital.
Conley did not give a clear answer to the repeated question whether Trump was given extra oxygen. Thursday he did not get it, not now and yesterday “with the team, while we were all there” also did not, said the doctor. In doing so, he left open the possibility that Trump was given oxygen yesterday in the White House, as a source of news agency AP outlines.
According to Trump‘s doctor, the president has no difficulty breathing, and he walks around his ward:
Press agency AP reported shortly after the press release, based on a well-informed source, that Conley was sketching a too rosy picture. Trump would indeed have recovered in the hospital, but his condition would have been “very worrying” for that and he would have been given oxygen. The next 48 hours would be decisive.
That source later turned out to be the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. He made his statements to journalists outside the hospital. But it also became unclear about this, because later the same Meadows told Reuters news agency that Trump is doing well and that he wants to see pieces for his work again. Doctors would be very pleased with Trump’s vital signs.
Conley also did not give a clear answer to the question whether the president has suffered lung damage. He said we monitor that all the time.
He insisted that Trump should remain in the hospital for a few more days, where he is observed by a broad team and administered the inhibitor inhibitor inhibitor inhibitor inhibitor.
When he can go back to the White House, Conley couldn‘t say that’s being watched from day to day.
Trump himself said in a short video statement shortly before leaving for the hospital that he thinks he‘s doing very well:
American media already suspected that Trump was doing less than the White House wanted to think. They found that on the video he turned out to be unusual and matte, and that his message stream on Twitter had suddenly dried up.
Meanwhile, Trump has responded. After the press release of his doctors, Trump thanked the medical staff on Twitter. “With their help, I feel good!”
How and when did Trump catch the virus?
Where and how Trump got infected is uncertain, but Conley did say today that he is “72 hours in his diagnosis,” which would mean that his infection was diagnosed on Wednesday. In that case, he would have been at several meetings knowing he had the virus. It would also mean that he received a positive result the morning after the debate with Biden, while no one warned or informed the Biden team.
A few hours after the press conference, Trump’s doctor issued a statement that he had misspoken. He meant not 72 hours but “day three” and “48 hours”.
Other sources reported that he had symptoms of covid Thursday morning. In any case, the week before his infection, he was at a large number of meetings, where the virus could have been transmitted.
On Friday 25 September, a still healthy and vital-looking Trump at a fundraiser meeting for his campaign in a hotel in Washington had close contact with Ronna McDaniel, the president of the Republican Party, who began to feel sick a few days later and Wednesday positive was tested.
A day later, Trump presented Amy Coney Barrett as his candidate for the Supreme Court in the rose garden of the White House, at a meeting with 150 Republican leaders, who often kept no distance and wore no mouthcap. It seems to have been a super spreader event. At least six attendees have been tested positive in recent days, including Melania Trump, Trumpsformer advisor Kellyanne Conway, Trump‘s campaign manager Bill Stepien, two Republican senators and former governor Chris Christie.
These images clearly show that no distance was kept:
That night, Trump flew to a campaign meeting. A reporter who was on the run tested positive later.
On Sunday, Trump prepared the television debate with Biden in the White House with a group of advisers and advisers. Reportedly, no masks were worn and no distance was kept. One of the attendees was Hope Hicks, the advisor who leaked out on Thursday that she had been tested positive.
On Monday and Tuesday, the company met again in the White House, after which Hicks flew with the president to Cleveland for the television debate.
On Wednesday, Ronna McDaniel was told that she was infected. She tried to warn Trump, but she didn’t get in touch. Trump was in consultation with his Chief of Staff and his Finance Minister on that day and flew to a campaign meeting with a large company.
The next day, Hicks got her positive test results. Yet Trump went to a meeting with moneylenders at his golf club in New Jersey where he made a tired impression.
Is Trump at increased risk?
Regardless of Trump, there is no doubt that his condition will deteriorate over the next few days, because he belongs to a high-risk group: he is male, he is 74 and he is too heavy. According to a report released last summer, it weighs 110 pounds. With a length of 1.91 meters, this results in a BMI of 30.5, making the president “mildly obese”.
Trump doesn‘t smoke and drink, but he’s not a healthy eater. In 2018, he was diagnosed with vasoconstriction and too high cholesterol levels. Since then, he has been using cholesterol lowering agents and aspirin, and his cholesterol level has dropped to a normal level. According to the latest known data, he has only slightly elevated blood pressure.
As far as we know, Trump has no “underlying suffering” that would significantly increase the likelihood of a severe infection or even death, such as diabetes or cancer. Conley said today that there‘s nothing wrong with him except for the covid infection. Trump himself has always bragged about his “extraordinary condition”. But his real state of health has always been shrouded in mists. He has not, as presidents before him, given full opening of affairs over it.
What kind of medical treatment does Trump get?
Trump received a first dose of the virus inhibitor inhibitor inhibitor inhibitor, originally developed as an anti-Ebola medicine in hospital yesterday. It is an experimental medicine that can prevent the virus from multiplying in the body. The US Health Authority may apply it in emergency cases. According to Conley, he’s getting a five-day cure.
In the White House, Trump had already received an experimental drug cocktail developed by the biochemical company Regeneron. According to Conley, he receives vitamin D, zinc, melatonin, aspirin and an antacid.
What happens if Trump can‘t rule anymore?
Then he voluntarily and temporarily transfers his duties to Vice President Pence, who has been tested negatively this week.
According to the 25th amendment to the Constitution, adopted in the 1960s following the assassination of President Kennedy, a president who is no longer able to perform his duties due to serious illness or other cause can voluntarily delegate his powers to the Vice-President.
Once Trump is recovered, he can reclaim his powers.
But at the moment, a temporary transfer is not at issue, Conley made it clear again this afternoon. The president is on his feet and is doing his job.
Should it come to that, the possibility of Trump being unable to participate in the elections will also arise. In that case, the Republican Party Board may put forward another candidate. That doesn’t necessarily have to be Vice President Pence.
What about the American election again? Correspondent Arjen van der Horst explains: