Donald Trump received oxygen while at the White House battling coronavirus and the next 48 hours are ‘critical’, an anonymous official has told US media.
Minutes after a public press briefing from the president’s physician described him as ‘doing very well’ and ‘in exceptionally good spirits’ an anonymous official gave a much grimmer assessment of the 74-year-old’s health.
Dr Sean Conley had refused to answer categorically if Trump, who is considered high risk with Covid-19 due to his advanced age and obesity, had ever received oxygen.
Yesterday the 74-year-old was hospitalized while suffering from ‘mild’ symptoms. He walked to Marine One and was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda where he is now being treated.
According to reports, doctors have refused to provide critical details leaving the impression that he was known to be sick earlier than originally thought.
A person ‘familiar with the president’s health’ told the publication: “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.
“We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
It is not known who the anonymous official is however Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows was caught on camera briefing the White House press corps and asking to go off the record.
This evening Trump tweeted from hospital saying that he is ‘feeling well’.
During the press conference today, White House physician Sean Conley told reporters that the president was not currently on supplemental oxygen.
He declined to say whether he had been on oxygen at some point during his treatment. He said: “None at this moment and yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen.”
He refused to say how high the president’s temperature had risen or what heart and lung scans revealed.
He also spoke of the ‘last 72 hours’, sparking speculation he may have been suffering from the virus longer.
A White House official has since clarified that Dr Conley meant to say it’s Day 3 instead of 72 hours in.
It is still not clear how and when President Trump caught the virus. He has attended several events in recent days without wearing a mask.
He was also in close contact this week with Hope Hicks, a trusted advisor whose own positive test was announced Thursday, one day after she began to feel ill.
Hicks travelled with Trump to Ohio on Tuesday for the debate against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. He has tested negative for coronavirus .
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