White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, listens as Dr. Sean Conley briefs reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. | Jacquelyn Martin/ AP Photo
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Monday morning that officials are “still optimistic” President Donald Trump will leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and return to the White House later in the day.
“Spoke to the President this morning. He continued to improve over night and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule,” Meadows said in a statement to Fox News.
“He will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress,” Meadows added. “We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today.”
The statement from Meadows comes after the president’s medical team said Sunday that Trump could be discharged from the hospital “as early as tomorrow” and “continue his treatment course” at the White House.
But Sean Conley, the president’s physician, also appeared to confirm Sunday that Trump’s condition is more serious than the White House had so far acknowledged.
Trump, who was hospitalized Friday evening, has received two experimental drugs, as well as one steroid generally reserved for patients with severe or critical coronavirus cases.
The president’s medical team also revealed Sunday that Trump had received oxygen therapy twice for limited periods, and that his blood oxygen levels have dipped below 94 percent — a worrisome threshold for patients indicating a moderate or severe case of Covid-19.
Throughout the weekend, the president’s aides and doctors offered contradictory assessments of Trump’s health and the timeline of his infection. The White House also has refused to reveal more detailed information about Trump’s Covid-19 tests over the course of the past week.