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Media signature“I think I am very well”: President Trump recorded a video message before he was flown to the hospital
US President Donald Trump was flown to hospital less than 24 hours after a positive coronavirus test.
The White House said the decision to transport him to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was made “out of caution”.
Mr Trump – who had a fever – said early Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19.
The White House said he felt “tired but in good spirits” and had mild symptoms.
The news comes a little over a month before the presidential election, where he’ll face off against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
What did the president look like on Friday?
In mask and suit, Mr Trump walked across the White House lawn to his Marine One helicopter on Friday afternoon for a quick trip to the hospital.
He waved and gave reporters a thumbs up but said nothing before getting on the plane.
In a video posted on Twitter, Mr. Trump said, “I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support. I am going to Walter Reed Hospital. I think I am very fine.
“But we will make sure that everything goes well. The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much, I appreciate it, I will never forget it – thank you.”
The president’s children, Ivanka and Eric, retweeted his post and praised him as a “warrior”. Ms. Trump added, “I love you Dad.”
After arriving at Walter Reed, the president did not go to the emergency room for treatment but went straight to the hospital’s presidential suite, according to the BBC’s US partner, CBS News.
What does the White House say?
A White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement: “President Trump is still in a good mood, has mild symptoms and has worked all day.
“Out of caution and on the recommendation of his doctor and medical experts, the President will be working in the President’s offices of Walter Reed for the next few days.
“President Trump appreciates the support for both him and the first lady.”
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Media signaturePresident Trump is seven days before his Covid-positive test
Mr Trump’s symptoms include a mild fever, according to CBS.
Walter Reed in the Washington DC suburbs is one of America’s largest and most prestigious military medical centers. This is where US presidents usually go for their annual checkups.
White House communications director Alyssa Farah said the president had not delegated his powers to Vice President Mike Pence.
“The president is responsible,” she said.
Under the U.S. Constitution, if Mr. Trump became too ill to perform his duties, Mr. Trump could temporarily hand over his powers to the Vice President. That means Mike Pence will become incumbent president until Mr Trump is fit again and can go back to work.
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A fundamentally changed competition
The US presidential election was turned upside down.
That sentence could have been written about any number of moments in a turbulent year in American politics, but nothing like it has happened this year, this decade, this century.
Just 32 days before the presidential election, Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Because of his age of 74, he belongs to a risk category for complications due to the disease. At the very least, he’ll have to quarantine himself during treatment, which means the U.S. presidential contest – at least his side – has been fundamentally changed.
The initial implications are obvious. The president’s strict campaign schedule, which included visits to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina last week, has been suspended indefinitely.
Trump will surely have replacements on the trail, but given that he has relied heavily on his family and senior administrative and campaign officials in the past, many of them may need to be quarantined for being infected with the virus This campaign operation is also suspended.
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What treatment has the president already received?
Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, said in a statement earlier Friday that the president had been given an “8g dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail” at the White House as a precaution.
The drug is given to lower virus levels and speed recovery.
He also took zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and aspirin, said Dr. Conley.
“As of this afternoon, he remains tired but in good spirits,” he added. The first lady was “good with only a slight cough and headache”.
How did the Biden campaign react?
Mr Biden himself and his wife Jill tested negative on Friday.
“I hope this serves as a reminder,” the Democratic White House candidate tweeted after the result. “Wear a mask, keep your social distance, and wash your hands.”
The Biden campaign said it was in the process of temporarily removing all negative ads related to Mr Trump.
Mr Biden’s staff said he would travel to Michigan as planned for several campaign events on Friday. He and his wife have wished the presidential couple a speedy recovery.
Former President Barack Obama also welcomed Mr and Mrs Trump at a virtual election campaign event for Mr Biden.
“Although we are in the midst of a major political battle and we are taking it very seriously, we would also like to extend our best wishes to the President of the United States and the First Lady,” he said. “We’re all Americans and we’re all human and we want to make sure everyone is healthy.”
Officials said the process of tracking all the president’s contacts over the past few days is still ongoing. Mr Trump is considering addressing the nation or otherwise communicating with the American people on Friday.
But he pulled out of a video conference with vulnerable seniors scheduled for Friday and let Vice President Mike Pence chair the meeting.
On Thursday, the first couple said they wanted to self-isolate after one of Mr Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive. Soon after, they too received positive test results.
There was criticism of Mr Trump’s decision to go to a fundraiser Thursday that was attended by dozen of people in New Jersey, apparently when officials were already aware of Ms. Hicks’ symptoms.