It’s a video of just over four minutes supposed to be reassuring. We can see Donald Trump, in a suit but without a tie, seated at a table from the hospital where he was admitted. “I came here, I was not doing very well”, confesses the American president, who announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus. “I feel a lot better now, we are working hard to get me to fully recover. I think I will be back soon and I can’t wait to finish the campaign as I started it.”
“I’m starting to do well,” he said, adding: “We don’t know for the period of the next few days, I guess that’s the real test, so we’ll see what happens. over the next few days “. A caution endorsed by his doctor, who then said that Donald Trump was “not yet out of the woods” but that the medical team was “cautiously optimistic”. “The condition of President Trump continues to evolve well, he has made substantial progress since the diagnosis,” said Dr. Sean Conley, in a bulletin released Saturday evening.
Fever, cough, fatigue
Earlier on Saturday, the same doctor first responded, briefly and piecemeal, to reporters from Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, a suburb of Washington. “This morning the President is doing very well,” Sean Conley said. Donald Trump, 74, suffered from fever, cough, mild congestion and fatigue, he said, but symptoms “are getting smaller and better,” he said. He hadn’t had a fever for 24 hours, and his oxygen saturation level was 96%, which is normal. He is being treated with the antiviral drug remdesivir and also received an injection of Regeneron’s experimental treatment, synthetic antibodies.
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But ambiguous or contradictory statements have created a sense of cacophony within the executive in this uncertain time. Shortly after the medical press conference, a source with knowledge of Donald Trump’s state of health gave reporters on condition of anonymity a significantly more alarmist description: “The president’s vital signs over the past 24 hours have been very worrying, and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of care. We still have not taken a clear path to recovery. ” The New York Times then claimed that source was Presidential Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
When did he test positive?
Did Donald Trump receive oxygen supplementation? Dr Conley simply replied that this had not been the case on Saturday, Thursday or since his hospitalization, remaining evasive when reporters asked him if he had received any at any time. Media including the ABC channel then confirmed that the president had needed oxygenation Friday at the White House before being hospitalized. And when was the president’s first positive test? The doctor sowed the disorder by evoking “72 hours” since the diagnosis, a duration inconsistent with the preceding statements, because it would have made go up the test to Wednesday, instead of Thursday as indicated previously.
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This forced the White House to quickly correct the doctor saying he was talking about the third day, then issue a new letter clarifying that the “first” diagnosis was Thursday night. A central question remains unanswered: when and how did the leader contract the virus? “They relied too much on the tests,” laments Ali Nouri, president of the Federation of American Scientists. “By not making masks and physical distancing compulsory, they have created a false climate of trust in the White House.” “I hope that this will raise awareness among the president,” the scientist told Agence France-Presse.
The list of infected people is growing
The electoral campaign was upset by the hospitalization: Donald Trump’s trips were canceled, his campaign manager was also contaminated, and uncertainty hangs over the next televised debates, in particular the one supposed to oppose their running mates, the vice -President Mike Pence and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, Wednesday. His team announced on Saturday that the campaign would continue “at full speed”, however, with trips by Mike Pence and the Trump sons from after the debate of numbers two. For his part, the head of American diplomacy Mike Pompeo will cut short his trip to Asia next week, by canceling his stops in Mongolia and South Korea, which were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
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The White House is linked to multiple contaminations. The list of relatives of Donald Trump infected is growing: his wife Melania, his advisor Hope Hicks, his campaign manager Bill Stepien, three Republican senators, the former advisor Kellyanne Conway, the current advisor Chris Christie … three accredited journalists. One event is catching attention: Last Saturday dozens of guests thronged the Presidency’s gardens and interior rooms for the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to a Supreme Court seat. The cameras caught a number of handshakes and hugs, most of the guests omitting the masks, a practice clearly erected among Republicans as a mark of loyalty.
As it is not known when Donald Trump was infected, it is not known if he was contagious during the debate against Joe Biden last Tuesday evening in Cleveland. The two men spent 90 minutes on the same stage. Joe Biden, 77, was negative on Friday, and he will retest on Sunday, he said on Saturday.