Friday was a chaotic day at the White House. Here are the 5 biggest overnight updates on the Covid-19 positive President Trump’s hospitalization.
Eighteen hours after US president Donald Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus, he was flown to Walter Reed National Military Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday. On Friday afternoon, a feverish Trump boarded a helicopter, Marine One, from the White House lawns and flew to the military hospital situated in the Washington suburbs.
A White House memo quoted the President’s physician Sean Conley as saying that the 74-year-old, 6’3” Trump was “fatigued but in good spirits”. Trump himself tweeted to tell his followers of his well-being around midnight. He also posted a video from inside the hospital. However, the rare hospital visit has come as a surprise for his analysts. The President is also reportedly being administered an experimental Covid-19 drug.
Here are 5 overnight developments and latest updates connected to President Trump’s positive report, bout of fever and subsequent hospitalization.
1. Trump is Breathing Fine
As per the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, “Trump had been working all through Friday despite showing mild symptoms. Reporters saw no signs of deterioration when Trump boarded the helicopter in the company of Chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Physician Conley also stated that Trump is breathing fine and hasn’t needed any supplemental oxygen till now. Trump’s treatment is being done with consultation from several specialists. Trump has been given his first dose of Remdesivir, a drug which has proved a success for hospitalized coronavirus patients.
The President will work out of the Military Hospital in Maryland for the next few days.
2. Trump Took an Experimental Drug
Apart from the Remdesivir therapy, President Trump has also taken an 8g dose of an experimental drug by Regeneron. The drug, REGN-COV2, is an antibody cocktail that the company claims “rapidly reduces viral load.” Regeneron claimed in late September that the drug was showing success for patients with common Covid-19 symptoms.
It is reported that the decision to take the experimental drug as a “precautionary measure” was the President’s. First Lady Melania Trump also took the Regeneron antibody cocktail.
It was reportedly Trump’s decision to take the experimental Regeneron drug.
3. Mike Pence is Chairing Meetings in his place
While Trump continues to be active in his presidential duties, in a change of course of action, he opted out of a press conference from the White House on Friday. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the meeting in Trump’s absence. Nevertheless, Trump Administration’s communications director Alyssa Farah insisted that Trump was still “in charge” and hasn’t yet officially transferred any duties or powers to VP Pence.
As per the US constitution, the vice-president carries out the presidential duties in case the president falls ill and fails to perform his duties. If Trump’s condition worsens, Pence will be ready to take on command of presidential duties.
VP Mike Pence will take over the presidential duties if Trump’s condition worsens.
4. Biden wishes for Trump’s good health
Trump’s rival and the Democrat candidate for the 2020 US presidential elections, Joe Biden wished President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a speedy recovery. In his good luck tweet to Trump, Biden mentioned that he and wide Jill will “continue to pray” for the safety and health of the President and his family.
Biden also said that he was suspending negative advertising for the time being.
Joe Biden has suspended negative advertising for the time being.
Watch: Biden on Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis
5. A Rare Presidential Hospital visit
The White House memo stated that the 74-year-old President was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, as a precautionary measure. However, there are skeptics a plenty because a hospital visit by a sitting US President is a rare phenomenon, given that the White House’s medical facilities boast some of the world’s most expensive tools and technology.
The markets sank on the news of the President’s hospitalization. Trump has also temporarily suspended his campaign. The hospitalization has come at a time when presidential elections are just 32 days away. He has to quarantine himself for next two weeks, which means Trump will lose important time for campaigning. It can give edge to Democrat Joe Biden who has edge over Trump in the presidential race.
Forced to quarantine himself for the next two weeks, Trump will lose important time for campaigning.