On Friday, Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff stated that Donald Trump’s condition is far worse than has been revealed to the public. Meadows says that doctors directed Trump to go to Walter Reed Medical Center because his blood oxygen level dropped rapidly and he spiked a fever.
Meadows made the revelations during an interview on Saturday night with Fox News. His comments come on the heels of two days of conflicting assessments of the 74-year-old Trump’s health
“I can tell you this the biggest thing we see is with no fever now, and with him doing really well with his oxygen saturation levels,” Meadows told Fox host Jeanine Pirro. “Yesterday morning we were really concerned by that. He had a fever, and his oxygen level had dropped rapidly. Yet in typical style, this president was up and walking around.”
On Friday, Meadows and other White House officials kept telling the public that Trump was only experiencing “mild,” “cold-like” symptoms.
“He’s made unbelievable improvements from yesterday morning when I know a number of us, the doctor and I, we’re very concerned,” Meadows said.
During a news conference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, Trump’s medical team suggested that he had tested positive for the virus earlier than was initially disclosed by Trump’s physician Dr. Sean P. Conley.
Conley would later issue a “clarification” of the timeline, as well as the timeframe that Trump was administered Regeneron to fight the virus.
Conley then declined to answer specific questions about Trump’s health, including how high his fever was, when he last tested negative for the virus, and whether he was ever administered supplemental oxygen since being diagnosed.
Later in the day on Friday a senior administration official confirmed that Trump did receive supplemental oxygen at the White House before he was flown to Walter Reed.
On Saturday evening, Conley released a statement saying that Trump had made “substantial progress” since his coronavirus diagnosis. He added that he was being closely monitored Sunday in between doses of an experimental drug.
“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,” Meadows said on Saturday. “We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
Reportedly, Trump was furious at Meadows for his comments on Saturday that indicated Trump was not feeling as well as the White House wanted the public to believe.
At this point, finger-pointing started within the White House as some officials were unhappy with Meadows for spilling the beans.
Several White House aides also said they also did not have confidence in what they were being told by other officials.
The question of transparency surrounding the situation focuses on two major issues: the public’s right to know about Trump’s condition and how many people Trump and his aides may have exposed and who should be notified that their health may be at risk.
“Consistency and accuracy on messaging the president’s health condition are important,” said Tom Bossert, Trump’s former homeland security adviser. “And we haven’t seen consistency. I can’t speak to the accuracy, and neither can you.”