The Walter Reed medical briefing this afternoon answered some questions about Trump’s return to the White House, but left contact tracing information unknown. His return will likely coincide with the Biden town hall from Florida.
Manic-panic in the Trump White House as the count of infected people comes to 29. Trump will return tonight to the White House because “really great drugs”. No one should speculate whether Trump is on a dexamethasone high or will he go “full-frontal”?
This is not a medical briefing. It is a campaign ad.— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) October 5, 2020
Meanwhile Trump's whole presidency has been about going backwards. https://t.co/IJWTJ5dyjU— Frank Lesser (@sadmonsters) October 5, 2020
Still no answers on when was @realDonaldTrump's last negative #covid19 test or when exactly he started having symptoms.— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) October 5, 2020
This is about our understanding the President's own disease progression AND contact tracing to protect others exposed & may be spreading without knowing it
Can’t imagine why everyone would want to know if the president is still infected hours before he plans to leave the hospital! https://t.co/GydwZBhKJk— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 5, 2020
The President’s doctors are willing to share specific vital signs today and drug dosing regimens but claim HIPPA privilege when asked about his chest imaging findings.— Vin Gupta “😷!” MD (@VinGuptaMD) October 5, 2020
It’s okay to acknowledge if he has COVID Pneumonia.
Conley is the Kayleigh McEnany of Trump doctors.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 5, 2020
“Need to be on a ventilator? Walk it off!” https://t.co/L2dxhWDlPK— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) October 5, 2020
Evidence is not mounting that doctors are trying to kill Trump, despite what Alex Jones says in a video widely shared on Facebook (where he's supposed to be banned) https://t.co/M8qHPdDBEI— Daniel Funke (@dpfunke) October 5, 2020
Since Friday, Trump has been administered oxygen, given an experimental antibody cocktail, hospitalized, put an anti-viral IV drip, and given a powerful steroid.— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) October 5, 2020
"Don't be afraid of Covid," he tells his millions of followers. https://t.co/IcbTMvErEJ
He’ll be at least an hour late and cut into Biden’s town hall coverage.— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) October 5, 2020
This all feels a bit forced, as if someone is trying to approximate the President at his most manic but is not quite getting there. pic.twitter.com/qi3wuWP4WR— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) October 5, 2020
Donald Trump’s erratic and reckless behavior in the last 24 hours has opened a rift in the Trump family over how to rein in the out-of-control president, according to two Republicans briefed on the family conversations. Sources said Donald Trump Jr. is deeply upset by his father’s decision to drive around Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last night with members of the Secret Service while he was infected with COVID-19. “Don Jr. thinks Trump is acting crazy,” one of the sources told me. The stunt outraged medical experts, including an attending physician at Walter Reed.
According to sources, Don Jr. has told friends that he tried lobbying Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Jared Kushner to convince the president that he needs to stop acting unstable. “Don Jr. has said he wants to stage an intervention, but Jared and Ivanka keep telling Trump how great he’s doing,” a source said. Don Jr. is said to be reluctant to confront his father alone. “Don said, ‘I’m not going to be the only one to tell him he’s acting crazy,’” the source added.
One area where the family seems united is over the president’s manic tweeting early Monday morning. After Trump sent out more than a dozen all-caps tweets, the Trump children told people they want Trump to stop. “They’re all worried. They’ve tried to get him to stop tweeting,” a source close to the family told me.
The Trump family’s private concern about Trump’s behavior could raise questions about his fitness for office. Trump has been prescribed drugs that medical experts say can seriously impair his cognitive function. Last night the New York Times reported that steroids, which Trump is reportedly taking, specifically dexamethasone, are known to “affect mood, causing euphoria or a general happiness.”
Trump family is arguing over how to reign in Trump’s erratic behavior. Don Jr. has told people his father is acting “crazy.” My latest: https://t.co/8jjkP2X7a6— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) October 5, 2020
Crucifying him (politically) with it this week. He looks completely deranged as he conjures the definitive 21st Century Dr. Strangeglove vibe as he waves at the Q-Anon freak show from inside the hermetically sealed Presidential Suburban with two Secret Service hostages. Trump’s— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) October 5, 2020
That Trump/Meadows haven't initiated any kind of contract tracing/isolation regime for the big outbreak the WH/President has caused months into the pandemic is a terrible reminder of just how inept, reckless and dangerous this team has been.— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) October 5, 2020
They've just allowed people to die. https://t.co/Y10SW2GbWy
I want a president who “learns a lot” about a deadly infectious disease before it kills 210,000 people & before he becomes a one-person hot spot.#NotAskingALot— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡 (@ASlavitt) October 5, 2020