Doctor, WH Official Offer Contradicting Reports On Trump’s Health

WASHINGTON — White House doctor Sean Conley walked back comments made at a news briefing outside of Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday, during which he said President Donald Trump is doing well 72 hours into his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, Conley said the president had been fever-free for 24 hours and was having no difficulty breathing or walking around. Conley also said Trump was in “exceptionally good spirits.”

Conley’s rosy outlook on the president’s health contradicts an account included in a White House pool report Saturday in which an anonymous source “familiar with the president’s health” said, “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.”

According to The Associated Press, Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Contradicting Scientists, Trump Says Tightening Vaccine Guidelines ‘Sounds Like a Political Move’

Trump renews his criticism of the F.D.A., suggesting it may be driven by politics.

President Trump said Wednesday that the White House “may or may not” approve new Food and Drug Administration guidelines requiring outside experts to weigh in before the agency approves a coronavirus vaccine, and said the plan “sounds like a political move,” undercutting government scientists who had said the opposite just hours earlier.

The president’s comments to reporters in the White House briefing room came after four of the administration’s top health officials who are helping to steer the government’s coronavirus response appeared in front of a Senate panel in an effort to bolster public trust in the F.D.A.

The officials told the panel that they had complete faith in the agency and that science and data — not politics — were guiding its decisions.

Their testimony came as the F.D.A. prepared to issue stricter guidelines for

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