Trump Moves to Offices at Walter Reed, Makes First Public Appearance After COVID-19 Diagnosis

October 2, 2020 Updated: October 3, 2020

Update: President Donald Trump is “doing very well” and is beginning Remdesivir therapy, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a memorandum Friday evening.

President Donald Trump has moved to the presidential offices at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he will work, the White House said.

The president left the White House at 6:20 p.m. Friday in a Navy suit and blue tie.

He wore a mask as he walked on his own without any outward sign of trouble. He gave a thumbs up and a short wave to reporters, but didn’t take questions.

The president was followed by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and others.

He made his first public appearance after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, in a video posted on his Twitter account shortly after he arrived at Walter Reed.

“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I’m going to Walter Reed Hospital. I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much I appreciate it. I will never forget it. Thank you,” he said.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced earlier that Trump will move to Walter Reed and work from there.

“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,” she said in a statement earlier Friday.

The president appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the first lady, McEnany added.

Walter Reed has a special suite available for the president with multiple rooms for rest, treatment, work, and dining,

Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, announced in a memorandum early Friday that both the president and first lady tested positive for the CCP virus, also known as novel coronavirus, which spread from Wuhan, China, and causes the disease COVID-19.

Trump walks to Marine One
President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Oct. 2, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The Trumps were tested after White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the CCP virus.

People around the Trumps were also tested, including their youngest son, Barron, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. All tested negative.

Trump is fatigued but in good spirits. He received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail and has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin, Conley said in a memorandum on Friday afternoon.

“He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps,” read the memorandum.

Melania remains well with only a mild cough and headache, the president’s physician said.

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