US President Donald Trump said he was feeling “much better” amid conflicting reports of his condition after being hospitalized with Covid-19.
The president’s medical team said he was “very good” and was “exceptionally cheerful” in an update on Saturday less than 24 hours after he was in a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington DC had been brought.
However, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows briefed reporters shortly thereafter, saying that Mr Trump was going through a “very worrying” period on Friday and that the next 48 hours would be critical.
The president himself then posted a video on Twitter from his hospital suite saying he was “feeling much better now” and hoping to be “back soon”.
In a press conference in front of the hospital, Dr. Sean Conley said the president was fever free, had no oxygen, and had no breathing difficulties.
Dr. Conley refused to say whether Mr Trump had ever been given oxygen, despite repeated questioning, but said the president’s symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion, “are now going away and getting better”.
A source familiar with Mr Trump’s condition told the Associated Press that the president was given supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday before going to the hospital.
Dr. Conley’s optimistic view contrasted with Mr. Meadows’ later assessment, even though Mr. Trump himself said in his video message that he was feeling better, even though the “next few days” would matter in his battle against the disease.
“I came here, didn’t feel so good, I feel a lot better now,” said Trump.
“You won’t know in the next few days, I think that’s the real test. So we’ll see what happens in the next few days.”