WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following his COVID-19 diagnosis, President Donald Trump was flown by Marine One to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday night, where he will stay for “a few days,” according to the White House.
A feverish and fatigued Trump walked out of the White House Friday night and boarded the helicopter to the military hospital, where he was given remdesivir following treatment with an experimental drug at the White House.
Giving a thumbs-up to reporters as he left the White House, President Trump left to undergo treatment for the virus that has killed over 200,000 Americans and infected more than 7 million in the U.S.
The White House said his visit to Walter Reed is precautionary, and he will be able to work from the medical hospital. According to the Associated Press, he has not transferred power to Vice President Mike Pence under the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Shortly before midnight, the president tweeted: “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
This is a developing story. Read below for updates throughout the day:
Reports that Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) tested positive for COVID-19 are, by his own admission, false.
In an appearance on Fox News, Scott said, “I was tested yesterday, I think for the 6th time and I tested positive again.”
However, a spokesman for the senator says that he meant to say “negative” rather than “positive.”
Scott corrected his statement on Twitter, saying that he “misspoke.”
Dr. Sean Conley, President Trump’s physician, will provide an update on his condition at 11 a.m. ET, according to the White House.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has tested positive for COVID-19, the third Republican senator to test positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
Johnson tested positive for coronavirus Friday — his office says he came into contact with someone who had contracted COVID-19 after Johnson to Washington, D.C.
“Senator Johnson feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms,” the spokesman continued. “He will remain isolated until given the all-clear by his doctor. Most staff in the senator’s Washington office have been working remotely. The office will go all-virtual for the immediate future.”
Notably, Johnson was not in attendance at the White House Rose Garden ceremony announcing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
In other Senate news, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said that he has tested negative for COVID-19, but said he will be working remotely from his home in Nebraska due to his “close interaction” with others who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Sen. Sasse is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the group that is scheduled to hold confirmation hearings on Judge Barrett on Oct. 12.
Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), seeming to address the explosion of rumors, misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of Trump’s diagnosis, called for more transparency from the White House about Trump’s condition.
“Lies spread much faster than fact checking,” Rubio wrote in a Twitter post.
Late Friday night, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced that she, too, tested positive for the virus.
Conway is one of several people in attendance at the White House Rose Garden ceremony announcing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court to test positive for COVID-19, including Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and University of Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins.
Tillis is the second member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to test positive for COVID-19, the first being Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who announced his diagnosis earlier Friday. (Read more about Sen. Tillis testing positive for coronavirus.)
Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, also tested positive. Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh confirmed the news that Stepien received a diagnosis Friday and is experiencing “mild flu-like symptoms.” Stepien, who joined Trump at Tuesday’s first presidential debate, plans to quarantine until he recovers. Earlier Friday, Stepien sent emails to the campaign staff that their offices would remain open, but any campaign events involving the president were being postponed or transitioned to virtual events.
Both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have tested negative, according to the Biden campaign.
Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus Friday morning and “remains in good health,” his spokesman said.