Doctors also revealed that Trump showed symptoms on Thursday, including a “mild cough and some nasal congestion and fatigue.” The president received a “special antibody therapy” 48 hours ago, Conley said. The doctor was presumably referring to an “antibody cocktail” made by the company Regeneron, which Conley mentioned on Friday. If Trump received the treatment 48 hours ago, that would mean he got it midday on Thursday.
Later Saturday afternoon, Conley himself released a memo saying he had misspoken.
“The President was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening of Thursday, October 1st,” he said.
He added that Trump received the antibody treatment on Friday, Oct. 2.
Trump’s doctors said he was not currently receiving supplemental oxygen, but repeatedly dodged questions about whether he had been on oxygen previously.
When a reporter asked, “He’s not received any supplemental oxygen?” Conley replied, “He is not on oxygen right now, that’s right.” When the reporter clarified, “Not received any at all?” Conley responded, “He’s not needed any this morning, today, at all, that’s right.”
Later, a reporter said he was going to try to “pin [Conley] down” on the oxygen question one more time. Conley answered, “Thursday, no oxygen. None at this moment, and yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen.”
During his remarks to the press, Conley said the president is now doing “very well.”
Another doctor, Sean Dooley, said Trump’s cardiac, liver and kidney functions were “normal”; that the president was having no trouble breathing or walking; and that he was in “exceptionally good spirits.” Dooley also quoted Trump as saying, “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”
The President Physician, Sean Conley, said Trump had not experienced difficulty breathing at any point, and previously only had a “little cough” and fever and felt generally “run down.” When asked when the president might be released from the hospital, Conley declined to estimate a date but said Trump was doing “so well.”
Immediately following the press conference, White House pool reporters ― media members who follow the president throughout the day ― released a statement from an anonymous source that contradicted that optimism.
As for Trump himself, he said he was “feeling well” in a Saturday afternoon tweet praising the doctors and nurses at Walter Reed.