Trump health reports marred by confusing and conflicting messages

It was just two sentences from an unnamed source in a White House pool report, but it exploded the prevailing narrative about President Trump’s health.

I was on the air on Saturday and said these comments–that the president’s vital signs over the past 24 hours were “very concerning” and the next two days would be “crucial”–totally undermined the briefing at Walter Reed Medical Center. I instinctively knew they had to come from the highest level at the White House, even before chief of staff Mark Meadows was outed, and that they were designed to darken the rosy scenario painted by the president’s personal physician.

Indeed, Sean Conley essentially admitted at Sunday’s briefing–which unfolded during my show–that he had withheld negative information. The doctor said he “was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness has had.”

That was just part of a

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Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health

The White House on Saturday sent conflicting signals about the president’s battle with the coronavirus, raising questions over the seriousness of his illness. 

Doctors Saturday afternoon offered a rosey assessment of Trump’s health less than 24 hours after he was checked into Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. 

But statements the Associated Press and other outlets later attributed to White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump campaign manager tests positive for COVID-19 The Memo: Trump grapples with credibility gap in crisis Overnight Healthcare: President Trump has coronavirus MORE and other sources gave a more alarming account of the president’s health. 

Adding to the confusion, the doctors themselves sent mixed messages over basic facts about the president’s treatment. 

Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus late Thursday night after top White House aide Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksTrump campaign manager tests positive for COVID-19 Trump given Remdesivir as

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Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Date Clarified, Conflicting Update Cites ‘Very Concerning’ Vitals

Drew Angerer/Getty President Donald Trump departs the White House for New Jersey on Thursday

Shortly after Donald Trump’s physician announced that the president is “doing very well,” an anonymous White House source released a health update that greatly contradicts the doctor’s report.

Following Dr. Sean Conley’s address on Saturday morning outside of Walter Reed hospital, where Trump is scheduled to remain under observation for several days, a White House official said in a pool report that Trump’s vitals are “very concerning.”

“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,” the statement read.

The update from the anonymous source raises questions about Trump’s health as Conley shared vastly different information about the president, reporting that he was “doing great.”

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