President Donald Trump at Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for COVID
President Trump walked out of the White House just after 5:15 p.m. to board Marine One.
He was wearing a mask at the time and did not speak to media, however, he was seen waving at them.
He was followed by White House Chief of Staff Meadows, who was also wearing a mask. First Lady Melania Trump was not seen.
The President posted this on his Twitter account:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
According to a source familiar with the decision, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign will be pulling all negative advertisements in light of President Trump’s positive coronavirus test. The source adds that the decision was made prior to the announcement that President Trump is being taken to Walter Reed Medical Center.
Sources tell ABC News that President Donald Trump is expected to depart shortly for the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is currently experiencing a low-grade fever, chills, nasal congestion and cough.
He has been self-isolating since his test came back positive and has been spending the majority of his time on the phone with advisors.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany released the following statement:
“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”
The White House physician did announce that Vice President Mike Pence tested negative and does not need to quarantine.
In the meantime, all Trump 2020 Campaign events are “in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed,” according to his Campaign Manager Bill Stepien. But, VP Pence “plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events.”
As for the Vice Presidential Debates, the host wants the show to go on. A University of Utah spokeswoman said they still plan on hosting the debate next week, but, the “ultimate decision” remains with the Commission on Presidential Debates.
On the topic of debates, Cleveland is bracing for the impact the first Presidential Debate may have had on their community. Currently, the city is aware of 11 positive coronavirus cases tied to the debate.
The medicine he was administered, according to the press release, is a promising COVID-19 treatment that is still being tested.
Created by the biotechnology company Regeneron, some early test results were just released on Tuesday from a study of 275 patients.
Scientists say it appears to be minimizing the levels of the virus and improving symptoms. However, this data has yet to be peer-reviewed.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEny released this following statement:
“President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”