It was announced late Thursday that top White House adviser Hope Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19, and hours later, news broke that President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, had too tested positive for the viral disease.
In an attempt to quell speculation and provide an update on the president’s condition, White House physician Sean Conley released a statement just after midnight Friday saying that both “the president and first lady” are doing “well at this time.”
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch,” Conley promised in his statement, which was shared to Twitter by Fox News journalist Shannon Bream. The doctor went on to thank “our country’s great medical professionals and institutions” for their support.
By Friday evening, one such institution had to spring into action.
Trump tests positive
According to NBC News, President Trump was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday as what the White House called “a precautionary measure.” Trump was seen walking out to Marine One on his own ahead of his flight to the Maryland hospital, where he will remain “for several days, the White House said,” according to NBC.
Officials in the Trump administration had said earlier Friday that the president, who is 74, was suffering from “mild symptoms,” NBC noted.
The outlet also cited “[t]hree people familiar with his condition” who said that Trump “has a low-grade fever.”
“I think I’m doing very well”
Beyond that, however, details about the president’s status remain largely unclear. After arriving at Walter Reed just after 6 p.m. Friday, the president published a video on Twitter hoping to clarify. It was his first tweet in over 16 hours.
“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” the president said in the video. “I’m going to Walter Reed Hospital. I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.”
He also reported that First Lady Melania Trump “is doing very well.”
“Thank you very much, I appreciate it,” the president reiterated to his supporters. “I will never forget it.” Take a look for yourself:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020