President Trump Is ‘Fatigued,’ Has a Fever Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

President announced he and first lady tested COVID-positive Thursday night

Donald Trump September 2020
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President Trump was “fatigued” Friday afternoon after testing positive for COVID-19, his physician said in a statement released through press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. CNN and MSNBC are also reporting that Trump has a fever

That statement came hours after chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters the president had “mild symptoms.”

“As of this afternoon, the President remains fatigued but in good spirits,” said Dr. Sean Conley. “He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regard to next best steps.”

His statement came at the same time MSNBC and CNN reported Trump had a fever.

“The president does have mild symptoms…He continues to be not only in good spirits but very energetic,” Meadows said earlier. “The doctors continue to monitor both his health and the health of the first lady.”

First lady Melania Trump also said she had “mild symptoms” in a tweet Friday morning. Conley said in his statement that she had “a mild cough and headache.”

“Thank you for the love you are sending our way,” she posted. “I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.”

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s chief of staff, also issued a statement saying that 14-year-old Barron Trump has tested negative for COIVD-19.

On Friday, White House communications director Alyssa Farah tweeted, “Nothing keeps @realDonaldTrump down. He is resting & recovering under his doctors orders, but continues to be focused on the welfare of the American people.”

The president announced on Twitter Thursday night he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has several risk factors and preexisting conditions that put him in danger of becoming very ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people over 65 are at a higher risk of hospitalization and death. The president is 74.

Trump is also obese, according to his recent physical exam in April. Obesity is also a risk factor for severe COVID-19 symptoms. And after the White House physician released the results of Trump’s 2018 lab tests, it showed he had common heart disease, CNN reported.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he tweeted.

President Trump’s personal physician, Sean P. Conley, released the following statement through White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. The president and first lady are both well at this time. They plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalesce. The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured, I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering. And I will keep you updated on any future developments.”

Check out Mark Meadows’ press conference below:


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