Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

Doctors to weigh if Trump can leave hospital on Monday

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump’s medical team will weigh whether he can leave the hospital later on Monday (Oct 5) after being admitted last week for Covid-19, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said, adding that he was optimistic Mr Trump will be discharged.

Mr Meadows, in an interview with Fox News, said he had spoken with Mr Trump earlier on Monday morning and that his condition appeared to have improved overnight.

He added that doctors would consult with Mr Trump late on Monday morning and that a decision about Mr Trump’s possible discharge would likely not be decided until early Monday afternoon.

“That determination has not been made yet,” he said. “His health continues to improve.”

“We’re still optimistic… that he will be released, but that decision won’t be made until later today,” he added.

Mr Meadows also defended a controversial decision for the President to leave his hospital suite on Sunday to drive by supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, despite having the highly infectious novel coronavirus.

Critics said the action put Mr Trump’s security officers at risk.

Mr Meadows noted that US Secret Service had been with Mr Trump before in cars and had travelled with him to the hospital.

Critics, including some medical experts, have said the additional drive outside the hospital was an unnecessary risk.

“We took additional precautions with PPE (personal protective gear) and others to make sure that they were protected,” he said.

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