CNB News – President Trump has arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he will remain “for the next few days” following his positive test for the coronavirus.
Trump walked out of the White House residence Friday evening clad in a mask, offering a wave and a thumbs up to reporters as he boarded Marine One to travel to the medical center in Bethesda, Md.
The president was able to make the walk under his own power, and he saluted the Marine outside the helicopter door before boarding. Trump was followed by chief of staff Mark Meadows and members of the White House medical unit.
A small crowd had gathered outside Walter Reed Medical Center as Trump arrived at 6:30 p.m., snapping photos through the fence.
The White House has said Trump’s symptoms are mild and that he is in good spirits.
“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,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
A White House spokesman said there were no plans to transfer power from Trump to Vice President Pence in light of Trump’s trip to Walter Reed.
The White House has been insistent throughout the day that Trump was hard at work, feeling “energetic” and only experiencing mild symptoms. But he had been silent on Twitter since roughly 1 a.m., an unusual stretch of silence from him, and officials had declined to get into specifics about his condition.
A person familiar with the matter said Trump was running a slight fever in addition to feeling fatigued.
White House physician Sean Conley issued a memorandum Friday saying that Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” and received a cocktail of polyclonal antibodies as a precautionary measure after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
“As a precautionary measure he received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. He completed the infusion without incident,” Conley said in a memorandum issued Friday afternoon, referring to an experimental treatment that has shown some effectiveness for patients with the virus.
“In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin,” the physician added.
“As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits. He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps,” Conley continued.
First lady Melania Trump, who along with the president tested positive in the early hours of Friday morning, “remains well with only a mild cough and headache,” the White House physician said. He also said that the “remainder of the First Family” has tested negative for the virus.
Reaction flowed in from Trump’s family and the political world as they awaited the president’s departure to Walter Reed.
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This cannot be a partisan moment.
It must be an American moment.
We have to come together as a nation.
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