Trump being moved to Walter Reed military hospital as ‘precautionary measure’ for Covid-19, White House says

Trump being moved to Walter Reed military hospital as ‘precautionary measure’ for Covid-19, White House says

The president, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday night, was flown to the hospital complex in Bethesda, Maryland – just outside Washington, DC – on Friday afternoon, where a special suite was prepared for him.

Doctors urged the move so Trump could get immediate care if needed, an unnamed White House official said. The president will remain at the hospital for “a few days” and undergo testing, they added.

The surprise announcement comes shortly after his physician, US Navy Commander Sean P. Conley, announced that Trump had been treated with an experimental antibody cocktail and a range of supplements including vitamin D and zinc.

Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits,” Conley said. First Lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive for the virus, was experiencing a headache and a “mild cough.” The rest of the first family has tested negative.

Earlier on Friday, the White House chief of staff and press secretary maintained that Trump was still involved in governing and issuing assignments. However, Vice President Mike Pence replaced him on the previously scheduled conference call with governors.

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