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President Makes Progress, Not ‘Out of the Woods’: Trump Update

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump has made “substantial progress” but still isn’t “out of the woods,” his physician Sean Conley said in a Saturday evening update.Trump completed a second dose of Remdesivir and remains fever free, he added. He’s expected to conduct his presidential duties while being monitored by Conley. “While not yet out of the woods, the team remains cautiously optimistic,” Conley said in a statement.White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in an interview on Fox News that Trump is “is doing really well now,” but suffered from a fever and reduced blood-oxygen saturation on Friday. “Yesterday morning we were concerned with that,” he said. “He had a fever, and his blood oxygen level had dropped rapidly.”“I came here, wasn’t feeling so well. I feel much better now,” he said from a U.S. military hospital near Washington. “I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started.”Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who helped Trump prepare for Tuesday’s presidential debate with Joe Biden, also entered a hospital because he contracted Covid-19.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had a call with Trump and that he “sounds well.” They talked about handling the pandemic, confirming the Supreme Court nominee and strengthening the economy. McConnell said earlier that the fast-track schedule for confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett won’t be affected by the Covid-19 diagnoses of Trump and three Republican senators.Other developments:Trump Deflects From His Health Status as Hospital Stay ExtendsResults of Covid-19 Tests for U.S. Politicians, Officials: ListTrump Presses for Economic Stimulus Deal, Saying ‘Get It Done’Markets Were Already Braced for Chaos—Then Came the DiagnosisMcConnell Says Barrett Confirmation to Continue on SchedulePompeo Shortens Asia Trip (11 p.m. NY)U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will shorten his travel to Asia as the White House deals with the spread of the coronavirus among its top officials.Pompeo will visit Tokyo from Oct. 4-6 for a meeting of the foreign ministers of four of the Indo-Pacific region’s biggest democracies, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. Both Pompeo and his wife have tested negative for the virus.White House Aide Luna Tests Positive (10:52 p.m. NY)White House aide Nick Luna, who serves as a personal attendant to Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus infection, according to people familiar with the matter.Luna’s diagnosis emerged a little more than 24 hours after Trump entered the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment of Covid-19 following his own infection.Known as Trump’s body man, Luna is the latest member of Trump’s inner circle of White House personnel to contract coronavirus. Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest advisers, fell ill on Wednesday while traveling with Trump.Trump’s Saturday Evening Health Update (9:08 p.m. NY)Trump completed his second dose with Remdesivir “without complication,” Conley said in the president’s health update. His oxygen saturation levels were between 96%-98% all day, the physician said.“He spent most of the afternoon conducting business, and has been up and moving about the medical suite without difficulty,” Conley said. “The plan for tomorrow is to continue observation in between doses of Remdesivir, closely monitoring his clinical status while fully supporting his conduct of presidential duties.”Biden to Disclose Result of Every Covid-19 Test (7:40 p.m. NY)Biden’s campaign said Saturday it will release the results of all his coronavirus tests.The former vice president tested negative on Friday for the virus and told reporters that he would be tested again Sunday. He was not tested Saturday, he said after leaving an evening church service.“We have adhered to strict and extensive safety practices recommended by public health experts and doctors in all of our campaigning,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. “Vice President Biden is being tested regularly, and we will be releasing the results of each test.”Trump Speaks in Video From Hospital (6:51 p.m. NY)Trump said he’s starting to feel better and that he expects to “be back soon,” in a video appearance on Twitter Saturday evening.“I came here, wasn’t feeling so well. I feel much better now,” he said from a U.S. military hospital near Washington. “I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started.”Chris Christie Checks Himself Into Hospital (6:20 p.m. NY)The former New Jersey governor said on Twitter that he entered Morristown Medical Center this afternoon as a precautionary measure due to his history of asthma. He said he is “feeling good” with only “mild symptoms.”Separately, Joe Biden, who has tested negative, will get a Covid-19 test again on Sunday. Bernie Sanders will travel to Michigan on Monday in support of Biden.New Jersey Issues Statement for Bedminster Attendees (5:10 p.m. NY)The New Jersey Department of Health and the Somerset County Health Department urged anyone who came into close contact with a person who tested positive after attending a fundraiser at President Trump’s golf club in Bedminster to quarantine for 14 days.All attendees should self-monitor until Oct. 15, according to the statement. The U.S. government is also conducting tracing investigations.Cruz and Sasse to Return to Senate for Hearings (4:10 p.m. NY)GOP Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska both tested negative and will return to the Senate in time for the Supreme Court nomination hearings starting the week of Oct. 12, according to their spokespersons.The two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are staying in their home states after interacting with other members of the panel who have tested positive.Trump Resumes Tweeting From Hospital (1:45 p.m. NY)President Trump resumed tweeting Saturday afternoon. He said he’s “feeling well” and called for getting a stimulus deal done.Despite a positive account from Trump’s doctor, a person familiar with the matter said the president’s vital signs were very concerning over the past 24 hours, and that the next 48 hours will be critical, noting that the president isn’t yet on a clear path to recovery.Trump’s physician clarified in a memo that Trump was first diagnosed with Covid-19 on Thursday evening.Chris Christie Has Covid-19 (11:50 a.m. NY)Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Twitter that he’s positive for Covid-19 and will be receiving medical attention today. He assisted in the president’s debate preparations.Trump Doing ‘Very Well’ Under Medical Care, Physician Says (11:42 a.m. NY)President Trump is “doing very well” and is improving, his physician Sean Conley told reporters at the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington“At this time, the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made,” he said.Other members of Trump’s medical team, speaking at the same briefing outside the hospital, said the president wasn’t having difficulty breathing or walking, was in good spirits and has been fever-free for more than 24 hours.More Trump Advisers, Aides Test Negative (11:22 a.m NY)Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump campaign aide Jason Miller are said to have tested negative, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tested negative again this morning, ABC reported.First Lady’s Symptoms Have Not Worsened (10:47 a.m. NY)First Lady Melania Trump is “doing well” and her symptoms have not worsened, her office said in a statement. She continues to rest and remains in touch with her husband.Pence Is Said to Test Negative Again, Plans Event (10:42 a.m. NY)U.S. Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for Covid-19 again on Saturday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter. He will host a campaign event in Peoria, Arizona next Thursday, according to the Trump Campaign.Trump’s Son Says He Tested Negative (9:51 a.m. NY)Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest child, said Saturday he tested negative for the virus and would get tested again after a few days as a precaution.Nebraska’s Sasse on Senate Judiciary Committee to Quarantine (9:03 a.m. NY)Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Saturday that although he has tested negative for Covid-19, he will quarantine in his home state due to his “close interaction” with other senators who have tested positive, ABC News reported.Sasse is the third member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to quarantine. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, two other members of the panel, said they have tested positive Friday. Democrats have called for suspension of Supreme Court nomination hearings until safety is assured.Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson Tests Positive for Covid (8:59 a.m. NY)Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson has tested positive for Covid-19 and will remain isolated, the third Republican Senator to test positive in the past day, following Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah.Johnson “feels healthy” and is not experiencing symptoms, according to a statement from his office. He returned to Washington on Tuesday, and “shortly after” was exposed to an individual who has since tested positive.Trump’s Symptoms Worsened Before Hospital Trip: NYTThe president had Covid-19 symptoms that worsened throughout the day before he went to Walter Reed hospital, the New York Times reported, citing unidentified aides. He was coughing and had congestion and fever, according to the report.Biden Calls Trump’s Diagnosis A ‘Bracing Reminder’Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called Trump’s diagnosis of Covid-19 a “bracing reminder” that Americans need to take the virus seriously, using the news to strengthen his calls for protective measures like masks and social distancing.“We need to take the science of fighting this disease seriously if we’re going to save lives and above all the news is a reminder that we, as a nation, need to do better in dealing with this pandemic,” Biden said.Pence, Harris Will Be 12 Feet Apart at Their DebateVice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris will be placed farther apart at their debate next week, according to people familiar with the development.The Commission on Presidential Debates plans to seat Pence and Harris 12 feet (3.7 meters) apart, rather than 7 feet, as initially planned, according to people familiar with the procedure, who asked not to be named discussing information not yet public.Obama Sends Well-Wishes to TrumpFormer President Barack Obama wished a speedy recovery to Trump while headlining a fund-raiser to defeat him on Nov. 3.“Let me start, by the way, by just stating that although were in the midst of a big political fight and we take that very seriously, we also want to extend our best wishes to the president of the United States and the first lady,” Obama said during a joint fundraiser with Kamala Harris.Harris also wished Trump well.Trump Campaign Manager Stepien Tests PositiveTrump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. Stepien was promoted to run the struggling campaign this summer to help revive Trump’s re-election bid.Trump Being Treated With Antiviral Drug, Doctor SaysThe president’s physician, Sean Conley, said late Friday night that Trump was being treated with the antiviral drug Remdesivir and did not require oxygen.“This evening, I am happy to report that the president is doing very well,” Conley said in a White House statement. “He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He completed his first dose and is resting comfortably.”Remdesivir has been authorized to fight the virus in a number of countries. It was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration May 1 for emergency use after research showed that the medicine, made by Gilead Sciences Inc., helped hospitalized patients recover from Covid-19 more quickly than standard care alone.Former Top Trump Aide Conway Tests Positive for VirusKellyanne Conway, a former top aide to Trump, said late Friday night that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.“My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians,” Conway, who left the White House in August, said on Twitter.She did not say how she might have contracted the virus. She attended the ceremony at the White House last Saturday for Trump’s announcement that he would nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Two Republican senators, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, also attended the event.Conway, the first woman to manage a winning presidential campaign with Trump’s victory in 2016, said that she was leaving the administration to focus on her family. At the same time, her husband, George Conway, said on Twitter that he was departing the Lincoln Project, a group committed to defeating Trump in November.“We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids,” Kellyanne Conway said in August.North Carolina’s Tillis Says He Has Tested PositiveSenator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Friday he had tested positive for Covid-19. Another member of the panel, Mike Lee of Utah, announced he was positive earlier Friday.Both were among the Republican senators who attended the Rose Garden ceremony last Saturday in which Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The senators sat a row behind senior White House staff and Vice President Mike Pence.Tillis, unlike Lee and most other attendees, was pictured wearing a mask. On Thursday, he went to the Senate floor to cast a vote.“Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well,” Tillis, 60, said in a statement. Tillis took part Thursday night in a debate with his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham., who has been leading in polls and in fundraising in the pivotal battleground state.The Tillis campaign said it was suspending all in-person events and staffers who were exposed to the senator would quarantine and receive tests. Cunningham said he would take a test as well.North Korea’s Dictator Joins in Get-Well WishesTrump received get-well wishes from world leaders all day on Friday, including one from the Kim Jong Un, the autocratic leader of North Korea.Kim, who has met with Trump three times, “offered his sympathy to the president and first lady,” the state-run Korean Central News Service reported. “He hoped they would soon overcome it.”Kim’s own health, one of North Korea’s most closely guarded secrets, has been a subject of international speculation for much of this year and he has spent long periods out of the public eye.Trump Tweets for First Time Since Announcing Covid-19 DiagnosisThe president tweeted, with a recorded video message, for the first time since he announced his coronavirus infection.“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I’m going to Walter Reed hospital, I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well, so thank you very much, I appreciate it, I will never forget it, thank you.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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