Trump arrives at Walter Reed after positive coronavirus test

Source: The Hill | October 2, 2020 | Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels

President Trump has arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he will remain “for the next few days” following his positive test for the coronavirus.

Trump walked out of the White House residence  Friday evening clad in a mask, offering a wave and a thumbs up to reporters as he boarded Marine One to travel to the medical center in Bethesda, Md. 

The president was able to make the walk under his own power, and he saluted the Marine outside the helicopter door before boarding. Trump was followed by chief of staff Mark Meadows and members of the White House medical unit.

A small crowd had gathered outside Walter Reed Medical Center as Trump arrived at 6:30 p.m., snapping photos through the fence.

The White House has said Trump’s symptoms are mild and that he is in good spirits.

“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

A White House spokesman said there were no plans to transfer power from Trump to Vice President Pence in light of Trump’s trip to Walter Reed. 

The White House has been insistent throughout the day that Trump was hard at work, feeling “energetic” and only experiencing mild symptoms. But he had been silent on Twitter since roughly 1 a.m., an unusual stretch of silence from him, and officials had declined to get into specifics about his condition.

A person familiar with the matter said Trump was running a slight fever in addition to feeling fatigued.

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“This cannot be a partisan moment. It must be an American moment,” Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted. “We have to come together as a nation.”

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