President Trump will be released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and return to the White House on Monday evening after receiving three days of treatment for the coronavirus, his doctors said.
“He’s back,” Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, told reporters at a press conference outside the hospital on Monday afternoon.
Trump broke the news just minutes earlier in a tweet where he declared he was “feeling really good” after being diagnosed with the disease on Friday and claimed COVID-19 was nothing to be afraid of.
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!” he told his 86 million followers.
“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” he went on.
Conley said Trump’s vital signs were great, and with no more respiratory complaints, he was free to finish his recovery at the White House residence.
“He’s up and back to his old self,” Conley said, but noted that the 74-year-old president was not totally out of the woods given his experimental treatment.
“We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard because we’re in a bit of unchartered territory when it comes to a patient that received the therapies he has so early in the course, so we’re looking to this weekend,” he went on.
“If we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief.”
The president’s physicians defended the decision to release him after just three nights in the hospital, saying that he was returning to world class medical care at the White House.
“There’s nothing that’s being done upstairs here that we can’t safely conduct down there,” Conley said.
President Trump works in the presidential suite at Walter Reed medical center.Getty Images
He denied reports that the president demanded to be released from the executive suite at Walter Reed prematurely, calling him a “phenomenal patient.”
Conley however refused to answer questions on whether the president had any permanent lung damage and would not say when he received his last negative COVID-19 test.
Trump will be given his fifth and final treatment of coronavirus treatment drug Remdesvir at the White House tomorrow night and will continue working while in isolation.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News that he had spoken to Trump earlier on Monday and that the commander-in-chief was improving and would soon consult with his doctors about returning to the White House where he could continue his treatment.
“Spoke to the President this morning. He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule. He will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress,” Meadows said. “We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today.”
The president flew aboard Marine One to the hospital in Bethesda, Md., on Friday for treatment after testing positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.
First lady Melania Trump, who also became infected, remained behind at the White House where she is quarantined in the executive residence.
Trump’s White House medical team said they became concerned after his oxygen levels dropped twice and his fever spiked.
“Thursday night into Friday morning when I left the bedside, the president was doing well with only mild symptoms and his oxygen was in the high 90s,” Dr. Sean Conley told reporters gathered outside Walter Reed on Sunday.
“Friday morning when I returned to the bedside, the president had a high fever and his oxygen saturation was transiently dipping below 94 percent.”
Worried about the “possible rapid progression of the illness,” Conley said Trump was brought to Walter Reed and administered supplemental oxygen and the steroid dexamethasone.
But they said the president responded well to the treatment and quickly showed signs of improvement.
“He has been up and around. Our plan today is to have him eat and drink, be up out of bed,” Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a member of Trump’s medical team, said, adding that Trump could be discharged as soon as Monday.
They also said the president hasn’t had a fever since Friday morning, his vital signs are stable and has not been complaining of shortness of breath or any other respiratory problems.
Trump’s reelection campaign said the president is anxious to get back to the stump as the election enters a critical period with less than a month to go before the Nov. 3 vote.
Trump also is scheduled to debate Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, for a second time on Oct. 15 in Miami.
“Once he gets out of the hospital, he’s ready to get back to the campaign trail,” senior campaign advisor Jason Miller told Chuck Todd, host of “Meet the Press” on NBC. “He sounded pretty energetic.”
Steve Cortes, also a senior adviser on the campaign, told “Fox News Sunday” that it would only be a matter of time before Trump was back on the stump.
“He was as upbeat and assertive as he’s ever been,” said Cortes, describing a Saturday phone call between Trump and senior campaign staff. “This president is going to recover.”