US President Donald Trump’s health is improving and he may return to the White House on Monday, his doctors said during a press briefing. He has had no fever since Friday morning and his vital signs are stable, said Dr. Sean Dooley at the National Military Medical Center had Walter Reed, where Trump is being treated.
Doctors said they twice gave Trump supplemental oxygen and the drug dexamethasone, intended for critically ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19. According to Dr. Brian Garibaldi, this drug is planned to be given to the president “for a while,” Voice of America reports. Dr. Dooley said the President is walking, does not complain of shortness of breath, or has other respiratory symptoms.
“If he continues to look and feel as good as he does today, we hope we can schedule discharge as early as [Monday] morning at the White House, where he can continue his treatment,” Garibaldi announced. Meanwhile, the doctors did not specify whether the president had any lung damage, confining themselves to stating that “the findings were expected.”
White House physician Sean Conley also said that Trump received additional oxygen on Friday, although he claimed otherwise the day before. He clarified that he initially provided misleading information to “reflect the optimistic attitude” of Trump and his doctors.
On Saturday, Trump posted a four-minute video in which he said the next few days will be “a real test” for his condition. White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the issue of a temporary transfer of power to Vice President Mike Pence was not discussed.
NBC broadcast footage showing US President Donald Trump briefly left the hospital to greet supporters. Trump’s motorcade drove past a small crowd of his supporters, and then returned to the hospital. Trump did not get out of the car, but waved his hand from behind the closed window. He was wearing a mask, there were other people in the car with him, also wearing masks.