After White House doctors carefully dodged during a Saturday presser the question of whether President Donald Trump had ever been placed on oxygen in light of his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro that Trump’s oxygen saturation levels had indeed dropped on Friday.
“Yesterday, we were real concerned,” Meadows told Pirro on Saturday night, according to Fox News. “He had a fever, and his blood oxygen level dropped rapidly.”
The drop reportedly occurred on Friday morning, when Trump also had a fever, which has since broken. Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later Friday, according to Newsweek, where he has reportedly been given monoclonal antibodies, an experimental treatment, and Remdesivir to treat his case of the coronavirus.
“Very, very optimistic”
Saturday night, Meadows reported to Pirro that Trump had made “unbelievable improvement” since Friday morning. “I’m very, very optimistic based on the current results,” he said.
Meadows cautioned that White House physician Sean Conley had warned Trump is “not out of the woods” yet. Still, Trump was walking around his suite at Walter Reed and working on Saturday, Meadows said.
“He’s been an outstanding patient with one exception — he continues to work and continues to believe that he’s got to get a number of things done for the American people,” Meadows reported to Pirro.
By Sunday, Conley was telling reporters that Trump could be discharged from the hospital as soon as Monday, The Hill reported. He did note, however, that the president had been placed on supplemental oxygen on Friday at least.
“Never even a risk”
Meadows, for his part, also told Pirro Saturday that media speculation about whether Trump would need someone to take over his duties as president was unfounded.
“I have seen some of the reports and all of the pictures about the transition of power and who’s going to replace this person or that person and while that may make for good clicks on the internet and make for great hyperbole on TV — there was never a consideration and never even a risk for a transition of power,” Meadows said, according to Fox.
Within an hour of the announcement of Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, The Washington Post released an opinion piece with the headline: “Imagine what it would be like to never have to think about President Trump again.”
The Post removed the headline a few hours later, saying that it had been published automatically late on Thursday and had nothing to do with Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.
Unfortunately for liberals, it looks like they’re going to have to think about Trump for a while longer — maybe even another four years.