October 3 Trump Covid-19 news

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Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, October 4, 2020
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1:37 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

A lot has happened following Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis. Here's what we know.

President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2.
President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump is currently at Walter Reed medical center after announcing that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

If you're just reading in now, here's a recap of the latest developments:

Trump's condition:

  • The President's physician at Walter Reed medical center, Dr. Sean Conley, said this morning that Trump is "doing very well."
  • Conley did not provide a details about Trump’s fever saying, “I'd rather not give any specific numbers but he, but he did have a fever, Thursday into Friday, and since Friday morning, he's had none.”
  • A source familiar with the President's health told the White House pool on background that "the President's vitals over last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery."
  • Col. Sean N. Dooley, MD, said that President Trump is not on oxygen this morning and is not having difficulty breathing or walking around. He added the medical team is watching closely for any evidence of complications from either the coronavirus illness or the therapies.
  • Dooley also said the President's cardiac, kidney and liver functions were all normal this morning and that he is in "good spirits."

Other key figures:

  • Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for coronavirus Saturday morning, an administration official confirmed. 
  • The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., announced Saturday that he has tested negative for Covid-19.

Senators:

  • Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, also tested positive for the virus but said he is asymptomatic and feels "fine." Johnson said he got tested for Covid-19 as a precaution after hearing that Republican Sen. Mike Lee, of Utah, tested positive for the virus Friday morning.  
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking an agreement to push back Senate floor activity until Oct. 19.
1:31 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump praises the staff at Walter Reed medical center

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Trump praised the staff at Walter Reed medical center on Twitter this afternoon, calling them “AMAZING!!!”

Trump said he is feeling well thanks to their help. This is the President’s second tweet since he was admitted to Walter Reed on Friday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Read the tweet:

1:20 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump is in good spirits, doctors say

From CNN's Maggie Fox

Pulmonologist Sean Dooley gives an update on the condition of US President Donald Trump, on October 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 
Pulmonologist Sean Dooley gives an update on the condition of US President Donald Trump, on October 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is walking around even as he undergoes treatment for coronavirus at the Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, his doctors said Saturday.

“He's in exceptionally good spirits and in fact, as we were completing our multidisciplinary rounds this morning, the quote he left us with was ‘I feel like I could walk out of here today,’ and that was a very encouraging comment from the President,” Dr. Sean Dooley, one the physicians taking care of Trump, told reporters.

Dooley added: “We are monitoring him very closely for any evidence of complications from either the coronavirus illness or the therapies that we are prescribing to make him better. We have monitored his cardiac function, his kidney function, his liver function — all of those are normal."

 

1:17 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Sen. Ron Johnson says he feels fine after testing positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s Melissa Alonso 

Sen. Ron Johnson at a hearing on Capitol Hill on August 6.
Sen. Ron Johnson at a hearing on Capitol Hill on August 6. Toni Sandys/Pool/Getty Images

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, is asymptomatic and feels "fine" after testing positive for Covid-19, he said during a conference call with reporters Saturday afternoon.  

Johnson announced on Saturday that he tested positive for Covid-19.

"I never developed any symptoms; I still have never developed any symptoms. I feel fine, I feel completely normal," Johnson said on the call. 

Johnson said he got tested for Covid-19 as a precaution after hearing that Republican Sen. Mike Lee, of Utah, tested positive for the virus Friday morning.  

More details: Johnson believes he might have contracted coronavirus from his chief of staff who went on a hunting trip with family and later tested positive with "very mild symptoms." 

The senator self-quarantined for 14 days at that point and "had been tested twice for Covid, both tests came back negative."  

Johnson said he finished quarantine this week and since then he has been to Washington, DC, for meetings but has worn a mask and maintained social distancing.  

Johnson said he's been careful not to expose himself because he didn't want to risk missing the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. 

When asked if he is concerned the confirmation hearing would be delayed due to GOP members and senators testing positive for the virus Johnson responded: "I think we're catching this early enough."

1:05 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

4 congressmen who traveled on Air Force One this week all tested negative Friday

From CNN's Nicky Robertson

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One after speaking during a campaign rally at the Duluth International Airport on September 30, 2020 in Duluth, Minnesota. 
President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One after speaking during a campaign rally at the Duluth International Airport on September 30, 2020 in Duluth, Minnesota.  Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

All four House Members who flew on Air Force One with President Trump this week tested negative for coronavirus on Friday. 

Here's who was on the plane:

  • Pete Stauber of Minnesota
  • Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota 
  • Tom Emmer of Minnesota
  • Jim Jordan of Ohio

Some background: Administration officials said Friday that Hicks began displaying symptoms on the flight back from the President's Wednesday rally in Minnesota and was isolated in a separate cabin.

Hicks was seen deplaning Air Force One from a rear set of steps not typically used by the President.

"Social distancing is much easier on Air Force One than any commercial airliner," said professor Yan Chen of Purdue University, a researcher who studies the airborne spread of coronavirus inside an airliner.

Chen said most passengers do not sit in cramped rows on board the multi-room, highly modified jet, "but complete isolation is very difficult."

12:42 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Source tells reporters: Next 48 hours will be critical for Trump

The White House is seen in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020.
The White House is seen in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A source familiar with the President's health told the White House pool on background that "the President's vitals over last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery."

Just moments ago, Trump's physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a news conference that "this morning the President is doing very well."

CNN is seeking further clarification from the White House regarding the comment.

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was the only other White House official present when doctors came out of the building Saturday at Walter Reed ahead of the press conference.

12:52 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

When asked about Trump’s vitals, Conley says President’s blood pressure "never budged"

From CNN's Jamie Gumbrecht

White House physician Sean Conley answers questions during an update on the condition of US President Donald Trump, on October 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 
White House physician Sean Conley answers questions during an update on the condition of US President Donald Trump, on October 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

When asked about President Trump’s vitals, such as heart rate, blood pressure and temperature, his physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said Saturday, “So, his heart rate is in the 70s, the 80s. His blood pressure has remained where it's, where it's historically been during our physicals, you know, 110 to 120, systolic is great. It's never budged. I've had no concerns there.”

Conley did not provide a details about Trump’s fever, saying during the briefing, “I'd rather not give any specific numbers but he, but he did have a fever, Thursday into Friday, and since Friday morning, he's had none.”

Conley did not say whether Trump is on fever-reducing medication. 

When asked why Trump was transferred to Walter Reed, Conley replied, “Because he's the President of the United States.”

After the briefing, a source familiar with the President’s health told the White House pool reporters, "The President's vitals over last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”

 

12:49 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Another Republican senator is waiting for Covid-19 test results after White House event

From CNN's Ted Barrett

Senator Josh Hawley (left) met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October, 1, 2020.
Senator Josh Hawley (left) met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October, 1, 2020. Demetrius Freeman/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, of Missouri, is being tested for the coronavirus, according to a statement from his communications director Kelli Ford. Hawley was seen without a mask at the nomination announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House Rose Garden last Saturday. 

“Over the last 24 hours, Senator Hawley has consulted with his personal physician and the Office of the Attending Physician about his potential exposure to people with Covid-19. The physicians did not recommend additional testing or quarantine at this time. He has no symptoms. But, out of an abundance of caution, he is being tested today and awaits results,” Ford said.

Several attendees of the Rose Garden event have subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. 

12:42 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Senate majority leader seeking to push Senate floor activity back 2 weeks

From CNN's Phil Mattingly, Ryan Nobles and Ali Zaslav

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks from his office to the Senate floor following a meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the U.S. Capitol on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks from his office to the Senate floor following a meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the U.S. Capitol on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking an agreement to push back Senate floor activity two weeks, until Oct. 19, according to a statement from McConnell.

The Senate would meet in pro forma sessions until Oct. 19. McConnell said in the statement the Senate Judiciary Committee will continue to meet and work on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Multiple senators have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past several days.

McConnell would need Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to agree to this move. CNN has reached out to Schumer's office.