White House 'Optimistic' President Trump Will Leave Walter Reed On Monday
By Bill Galluccio
October 5, 2020
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that President Donald Trump is continuing to improve and is looking forward to getting back "to a normal working schedule."
Meadows said that he is "optimistic" that Trump could be discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Monday (October 5).
"Spoke to the president this morning," Meadows said. "He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule."
Meadows said that Trump "will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress."
President Trump was taken to Walter Reed on Friday (October 2) after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Trump's doctors said that he experienced multiple "episodes" over the weekend but is making progress as he recovers. He was treated with the steroid dexamethasone and was also given doses of remdesivir and an experimental antibody cocktail.
"His treatment has been remarkable," Meadows said. "His strength has been incredible."
On Sunday, President Trump briefly left the hospital in a motorcade to wave to a group of supporters who were outside of the medical center. Meadows pushed back against criticism of the decision to leave Walter Reed.
"We came here on Marine One, the U.S. Secret Service agent that is with him has been with him, and yet we took additional precautions with PPE and others to make sure they were protected," Meadows said. "A number of folks are trying to make a big deal about that when I know myself and Secret Service details are with him every day and want him to return to the White House as expeditiously as possible."
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