Trump improving but questions on infection timing emerge

U.S. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, talks to the media about President Donald Trump’s health at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 3. © Reuters

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump “is doing very well,” his physician Dr. Sean Conley said Saturday in a news conference that raised questions to some on when Trump knew he was COVID-19 positive and what his condition was.

“The team and I are extremely happy with the progress that the president has made,” Conley said outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington.

Conley said the president was not currently receiving oxygen as part of his treatment, but the doctor dodged a question on whether he had received oxygen before being admitted. He also said Trump was “just 72 hours into the diagnosis now,” which appeared to indicate the president was known to be COVID-19 positive on Wednesday, about a day before he went public with the news.

A source familiar with the president’s health said his “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,” this person said.

The president later posted on Twitter a message of appreciation to the staff at “Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them.”

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