- White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said that President Donald Trump reported “no symptoms” of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
- The statement comes less than 24 hours after Trump returned to the White House after being hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for three days.
- Conley has been criticized for providing misleading information about Trump’s health since the president tested positive early Friday.
- Trump has resumed downplaying the coronavirus, claiming that he could be “immune” and urging Americans to not let the pandemic “dominate” their lives.
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White House physician Dr. Sean Conley announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump claims to have “no symptoms” of coronavirus, less than a day after the president was released from a three-day stay at the hospital.
“This morning the President’s team of physicians met with him in the Residence,” Conley wrote in a brief memo. “He had a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms.”
“Overall he continues to do extremely well, I will provide updates as we know more,” he added.
Trump spent the weekend and most of Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Upon his return to the White House Monday evening, the president ascended a flight of stairs to a balcony, where he took off his mask as news cameras captured footage of him appearing to have difficulty breathing.
Trump wrote on Twitter early Friday moring that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive. He then underwent a series of treatments to combat the infection, including at least two doses of supplemental oxygen and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid typically reserved for severe coronavirus cases.
During the course of his illness, Trump’s doctors and White House officials have offered conflicting accounts about his condition, treatment, and diagnosis timeline, while trying to strike a positive tone. In a press briefing on Monday, Conley said Trump is “not entirely out of the woods yet,” but wouldn’t provide information on imaging of the president’s lungs or comment on when he tested negative last.
Health experts have noted that recovery time for the coronavirus can average around two to three weeks and Tuesday’s update leaves many questions unanswered about Trump’s health.
Trump himself has been trying to navigate attention away from his illness, claiming that he could be “immune” and telling Americans to not “be afraid” of the virus, which has now killed over 210,000 Americans.