Trump enters Oval Office six days after White House return

Posted on October 08, 2020, 8:21 pm
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US President Donald Trump entered the White House Oval Office just days after returning from a military hospital where he was being treated for Covid-19, a White House spokesman said.

“Was just briefed on Hurricane Delta, and spoke with @GovAbbott of Texas and @LouisianaGov John Bel Edwards,” Mr Trump said in a tweet a short while later.

Earlier, Sean Conley, the White House doctor, said President Trump has had no Covid-19 symptoms for the past 24 hours, with a physical examination and his vital signs showing his condition remains stable.

Dr Conley, in a statement released with Mr Trump’s permission, said the president has been fever-free for more than four days and had not needed or received any supplemental oxygen since his initial hospitalisation.

Mr Trump was hospitalised on Friday after tests showed he had contracted Covid-19. He returned to the White House on Monday.

Latest update from @realDonaldTrump’s doctor. President says “I feel great!”, he’s fever-free and symptom-free, his labs are showing levels of #COVID19 antibodies. @rtenews

— Brian O’Donovan (@BrianOD_News) October 7, 2020
Mr Trump, under coronavirus quarantine in the White House and restricted from travelling, is seeking ways to put a spark back in his struggling re-election bid and get behind his desk in the Oval Office with four weeks left until Election Day.

Mr Trump has been looking for options on how to get his message out and cut into Democrat Joe Biden’s lead in battleground states where the 3 November election will be decided, advisers said.

They said they had been discussing Mr Trump delivering a national address, while a speech to senior voters is being contemplated for Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence’s debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City will take centre stage of the campaign this evening.

President Trump’s aides say he is impatient to get back on the campaign trail and insistent on debating Mr Biden on 15 October in Miami, but Mr Biden said on today he will not participate if Mr Trump is not virus-free.

The White House’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said that Mr Trump was eager to get back to work in the Oval Office. He has been working from a makeshift space in his residence in the White House since returning on Monday from three days in hospital.

Mr Meadows told reporters: “He wanted to go to the Oval yesterday. If he decides to go the Oval we’ve got safety protocols there,” adding there would be adequate personal protective equipment and ventilation.

He described Mr Trump, who has received treatment with a steroid that is normally used in the most severe cases, as being “in very good health”.

Any political boost Mr Trump could get from a fresh injection of stimulus money into Americans’ pockets appears to be out of reach after he abruptly ended negotiations with Democrats yesterday, with both sides far apart on how much money to devote to a deal.

Both Joe Biden and the top Democrat in the US Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accused Mr Trump of abandoning needy Americans.

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