Confusion around Trump: what is known about the state of the head of the United States

Although US President Donald Trump unexpectedly walked out of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is receiving treatment for COVID-19, on Sunday and appeared in front of supporters, his state of health is still clouded by confusion over therapy, and his attempts to demonstrate force comes up against conflicting reports from doctors. This cannot but raise doubts about how soon he will work again and will take up his re-election campaign, writes Bloomberg.

On Sunday, a doctor from Trump’s medical team, Brian Garibaldi, said he could be discharged from the hospital as early as Monday. However, new reports of the president’s treatment raise concerns that his condition is more serious than what the American public wants to show. A White House physician, Sean Conley, said Trump needed extra oxygen, and the medication he was given was from the category of drugs usually given to patients with severe COVID-19. Bloomberg notes that this raises questions about the state of the president, as he may enter a phase of sharp deterioration.

Also, questions have arisen about whether the White House and Trump’s campaign events have become a super-distributor of the virus in the United States. Speaking of the campaign, it is known that Trump’s rival, Democrat Joe Biden, is already 14 percentage points ahead of him. And while Trump’s campaign team maintains optimism about his prospects in key states, where 270 electoral votes are needed, David Gergen, a former aide to both Democrats and Republicans, said it was unacceptable that the American public did not fully know about Trump’s condition.

As it became known from the statement of the White House press secretary, the president did not immediately decide to publish the disturbing news. He tested positive for COVID-19 not on Friday, but on Thursday, when he returned from his golf resort in New Jersey. Trump only announced this on Twitter after midnight on Friday.

“Voters must have full information about the president’s health prospects before they vote,” Gergen told CNN.

All key figures in the White House and Trump’s campaign headquarters have already been infected with the coronavirus: Hope Hicks, senior aide to the president; his campaign manager Bill Stepien; President’s debate coach Chris Christie; Republican Senators Tom Tillis of North Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

The next step in the campaign is scheduled for a debate between incumbent Vice President and Republican Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, at the University of Utah on Wednesday. Biden assured the public that his repeat test for coronavirus was negative again.