Trump gives coronavirus update: "I'm starting to feel good"

President Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump posted a video message to Twitter Saturday night, giving an update on his health after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, along with first lady Melania Trump.

Why it matters: There have been conflicting reports on the state of Trump's health and when precisely he fell ill.

  • White House physician, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, publicly said Trump was in good spirits and fever-free for 24 hours. He was later evasive at a news conference as to whether Trump received supplemental oxygen.
  • Meanwhile, the White House reporter on pool duty for numerous outlets quoted a source familiar with the president’s health indicating a bleak outlook.

"The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery."

  • The White House reporter on pool duty — traveling with the president and delivering official dispatches to reporters at numerous outlets — sent this dispatch, quoting "a source familiar with the president’s health":

The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.

What he's saying: "I'm starting to feel good," Trump said, adding that as a leader you have to confront problems. "We're going to beat this coronavirus … we have things happening that look like they're miracle," he said. "I'm starting to feel good. You don't know over the next period of a few days, that's the real test."

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