President Donald Trump is being transported to Walter Reed Hospital Friday afternoon after being diagnosed with the coronavirus on Friday. He is being transported on Marine One from the White House.
Despite reports from administration officials that he was only experiencing "mild" symptoms of COVID-19 and in good spirits, Trump did not appear on a 12:15 conference call which he was scheduled to host.
Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, confirmed Friday afternoon that the president is being treated with an Regeneron antibody cocktail. Conley added that Trump is "fatigued."
“President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. "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.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 2, 2020
It's unclear if it was his illness that prevented him from participating in the call.
The call was the only public event on Trump's daily schedule. Several events, including a rally in Florida, following Trump's announcement that he had contracted the virus.
In addition, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said Friday that all "previously announced campaign events involving the President's participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed."
Stepien added that all other campaign events are being considered on a "case-by-case basis" and that more information on those events would be coming in the days ahead.
Trump campaign: "All previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed." pic.twitter.com/swjDGBEcSk
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) October 2, 2020
The New York Times confirmed the AP's reporting on Friday that Trump was only experiencing "mild" symptoms. The Times reported that one White House official described Trump's symptoms as "cold-like." Another White House official told the Times that Trump seemed "lethargic" while at a fundraiser at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Thursday.
In a gaggle with reporters on Friday morning, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that the president was in "good spirits" and was feeling energetic following his diagnosis.
Later, in a brief meeting with reporters, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the president was in "good spirits," and that White House staff members had to "slow him down" as he continued to work hard.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said Trump was in "good spirits" following a phone call with the president on Friday.
Just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 2, 2020
First lady Melania Trump tweeted Friday morning that she was also experiencing "mild" symptoms but "overall feeling good."
Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
Dr. Conley confirmed that the first lady has mild symptoms, including a cough and headache.
The reports come as several cabinet members, including Vice President Mike Pence, tested negative for the virus on Friday morning. Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reported Friday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who shared a debate stage with Trump on Tuesday, will receive a COVID-19 test on Friday.
It's unclear how Trump contracted the virus, but several White House officials and Republican lawmakers have all tested positive in recent days. Adviser Hope Hicks was first confirmed to have contracted the virus on Thursday evening.
McEnany confirmed that the White House learned of Hicks' positive test on Thursday afternoon prior to Trump leaving the White House for a fundraising event in New Jersey. McEnany said White House operations determined it was safe for Trump to travel to the event because it was outdoors and those in attendance were socially distanced.
Sen. Mike Lee and President of the University of Notre Dame, who was at the White House on Saturday for the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, have also contracted the virus. Both were photographed maskless at that event.
Trump's positive test throws another wrench into an already-chaotic election cycle. The president was forced to cancel several campaign events on Friday, and a potential quarantine could keep him off the trail for several weeks. The CDC says that for those with confirmed coronavirus cases, isolation is necessary for 10 to 20 days.
As of Friday, there were 32 days remaining ahead of the 2020 election on Nov. 3.