White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the administration is “optimistic” President Trump will be able to return to the White House on Monday after spending several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center being treated for coronavirus, saying Trump’s health improved overnight and the president is ready to get back “to a normal working schedule.”
“Spoke to the president this morning,” Meadows said in a statement to Fox News. “He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule.” He added that the president “will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress.”
Meadows concluded, “We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today, with his medical professionals making that determination later today.”
His comments came as the president has been trying to project an image of strength during his stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while fighting COVID-19. The president, over the course of the last several days, has faced health scares amid his battle with the novel coronavirus, including two instances in which his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly. Doctors treated the president with a dose of the steroid dexamethasone in response.
President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.
During a briefing outside Walter Reed on Sunday, doctors taking care of Trump said he is responding to treatment and could be discharged on Monday.
“He has been up and around. Our plan today is to have him eat and drink, be up out of bed,” said Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a member of Trump’s medical team. “If he continues to look and feel as well as he does today our hope is to plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House where he can continue his treatment course.”
The president on Sunday left his suite to greet supporters who have been lining the sidewalks
outside the Bethesda, Md., hospital, waving “Trump/Pence” and American flags, blasting their car
horns and praying for Trump’s speedy recovery.
Wearing a dark mask, Trump rode in the backseat of a black Chevy Suburban to wave to the crowd from the car.
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