US President Donald Trump shared a video message in the night from Saturday to Sunday (Dutch time) in which he states that he is doing well. But reports about his health are contradictory: insiders seem more concerned about the president’s condition than is officially announced.
Trump in video: ‘The coming days are a test’
In the video, Trump says he was taken to hospital because he did not want to be locked up in the White House. He does add that it remains to be seen in the coming days how well he is really doing. Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, also reports that the president has made significant strides since his diagnosis.
Media are receiving many conflicting reports about Trump’s health. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed during a press moment Saturday that Trump was doing well.
Afterwards, however, he spoke to various media outlets on an anonymous basis, saying that Trump’s condition was “worrisome” with “no clear path to recovery yet”. He was quickly identified on the basis of camera footage and photos.
“I was offered to stay in the White House. Stay in, lock yourself up and don’t go out,” said the president. He explains that he didn’t like the idea of staying in an upstairs room without seeing people or going to his office.
“When I came here I didn’t feel very well, but things are getting better now,” Trump said in the message. Whether he is really recovering, “will become clear in the coming days. That is the test”.
Trump says he will be back soon to continue his work and his election campaign. “We are going to beat this coronavirus.” Trump also reports that first lady Melania is also doing well.
In the message, Trump thanks all the medical personnel who help him, and thanks everyone who wished him good health. He adds that he has received support from the American people and almost the entire American political spectrum: “It’s a beautiful thing to see. I appreciate it immensely and will not forget it. I promise you.”
It is not clear whether Trump actually recorded the video on Saturday night.
White House physician Conley reports that the president had a second dose of the antiviral drug remdesivir on Saturday evening (local time) as part of an experimental treatment. Trump wouldn’t have a fever, nor would he need a ventilator. The president will also be given an experimental cocktail of antibodies.
The president could walk through his room on his own, and he just worked. The team is optimistic about Trump’s recovery.