What We Know And Don’t Know About His Status Amid Confusion Over Privacy

KEY POINTS

  • Doctors have refused to release information about Trump’s bloodwork after treatment for COVID-19
  • Trump will receive further treatment at the White House medical unit
  • Trump is 74 and overweight, two factors that place him in a high-risk category for developing complications

President Donald Trump may have won release from Walter Reed National Military Hospital Monday, but there are numerous unanswered questions about his condition.

Trump was airlifted to the hospital Friday after developing COVID-19 symptoms, including high fever and falling blood oxygen levels. He has been treated with an experimental antibody cocktail, the still-being-evaluated antiviral Remdesivir and the powerful anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone, which generally is given to the most seriously ill.

The president’s doctors have been relentlessly optimistic about his condition but have refused to answer several questions, including when Trump last tested negative for the virus and whether there is evidence of lung damage.

Trump was to

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This is not Dr. Conley’s first brush with controversy. In May, after the president announced that he was taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that Mr. Trump was promoting without evidence as a way to prevent coronavirus infection, Dr. Conley released a letter in which he said he had “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”

He later said the president had completed the treatment “safely and without side effects.”

And in November, Dr. Conley found himself in the awkward position of explaining a highly unusual unannounced visit the president made to Walter Reed. Without disclosing details, he denied speculation that the president had chest pain or some other acute problem, adding that Mr. Trump “did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations.”

Dr. Conley, a Pennsylvania native who received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006, is a decorated Navy commander

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Infectious Trump briefly leaves Walter Reed to greet fans as confusion continues over his health

Adding to the confusion about his status, Trump briefly left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda to wave to supporters from a motorcade, after releasing a video on Twitter thanking people who had gathered outside the facility.

“We’re getting great reports from the doctors,” Trump said in the video before promising a “little surprise” to his supporters. “It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about covid.”

At a news conference earlier Sunday, Trump’s medical team tried to clear up the muddled picture it had created the previous day when White House doctor Sean Conley falsely suggested that Trump had not been given supplemental oxygen.

But Conley continued to avoid directly answering specific questions about Trump’s health Sunday, even as he revealed that the president had been given dexamethasone, a steroid that is typically reserved for severely ill coronavirus patients needing oxygen. Conley openly admitted to

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For the second day in a row, the Navy commander in charge of President Donald Trump’s care left the world wondering: Just how sick is the president?

Dr. Sean Conley is trained in emergency medicine, not infectious disease, but he has a long list of specialists helping determine Trump’s treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Conley said Sunday that Trump is doing well enough that he might be sent back to the White House in another day — even as he announced the president was given a steroid drug that’s only recommended for the very sick.

Worse, steroids like dexamethasone tamp down important immune cells, raising concern about whether the treatment choice might hamper the ability of the president’s body to fight the virus.

Then there’s the question of public trust: Conley acknowledged that that he had tried to present a rosy description of the president’s condition in

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An attempt by President Donald Trump’s doctor to reassure the public about Trump’s condition following his infection with Covid-19 only created widespread confusion and concerns about transparency on Saturday, as a source familiar with the President’s health told reporters that the next 48 hours will be critical in determining how he fares.



a tall building in a city: A view of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, 2020, in Bethesda, Maryland. - President Donald Trump will spend the coming days in a military hospital just outside Washington to undergo treatment for the coronavirus, but will continue to work, the White House said October 2nd.


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A view of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, 2020, in Bethesda, Maryland. – President Donald Trump will spend the coming days in a military hospital just outside Washington to undergo treatment for the coronavirus, but will continue to work, the White House said October 2nd.

“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 are still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source told White House pool reporters after the

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Even Jimmy Carter’s staff, in 1978, initially sought to keep his hemorrhoid pain from the public.

“While there have been a few rare exceptions, such as Dwight Eisenhower’s transparency regarding his heart disease, the historical norm has been less than full disclosure,” said Dr. Jacob Appel, a Mt. Sinai School of Medicine psychiatrist who has studied the health of politicians and presidents.

The revelation early Friday morning that Trump had been diagnosed with COVID-19 comes after years of obfuscation about the 74-year-old’s health, and many worry the public will continue to be left in the dark about his condition.

“The truth is that nobody other than the president, his physicians, and those in his inner circle know the full truth,” Appel said. “If history is any guide, we will not know the extent and details of President Trump’s illness until long after he has left office.”

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Doctors add to confusion about timing of Trump Covid-19 diagnosis

A Saturday briefing by President Trump’s medical team meant to provide an update on his condition only added confusion to the timeline around his Covid-19 diagnosis and when interventions have been provided.

Trump announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he had tested positive for the virus, and it had seemed that he was tested following news that his aide Hope Hicks, who started feeling sick Wednesday, had Covid-19. Trump told Fox News Thursday evening he had just heard about Hicks’ infection and tweeted that night he was awaiting test results.

But the president’s physicians said during the briefing outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Saturday morning that Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis and indicated that he started treatment on an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals 48 hours ago — which would have been Thursday morning. But Sean Conley, the president’s physician, also stated that there

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