Donald Trump fever-free for over 24 hours, doctor says the president is doing very well

Trump's physician says the first week of the illness is the most critical

Dr. Sean Conley, President Trump’s physician, is providing an update Saturday on the president’s condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the president spent the night after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

“This morning, the president is doing very well,” Conley told reporters, saying that the president was “just 72 hours into the diagnosis now,” and the first week of the illness is the most critical.

“At this time, the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made,” Conley continued. He added that “the president has been fever-free for over 24 hours.”

Conley said that he did not want to put a “hard date” for when Mr. Trump would be discharged. Conley repeatedly avoided questions about whether the president was treated with supplemental oxygen prior to Saturday, simply saying “he has not needed any today at all.” He declined to disclose the president’s temperature when he had a fever, but said that the president had been feverish from Thursday into Friday.

Conley also avoided answering questions about when the president had been infected.

Dr. Sean Dooley, another member of the president’s medical team, said that the president “is in exceptionally good spirits,” adding that the president told him “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”

However, a source familiar with the president’s health told reporters on Saturday that Mr. Trump’s vitals were “very concerning.”

Conley said Friday night that Mr. Trump was “doing very well” and did not require supplemental oxygen.

“He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley said. Remdesivir has shortened the recovery time for some patients with the virus. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that Mr. Trump had “mild symptoms” and was being transferred to Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts.” White House sources said Mr. Trump had a low-grade fever.

Mr. Trump tweeted an update from the hospital, where he will be spending the next few days “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” he wrote late Friday.