By Duncan Smith
An unusually tired-looking President Trump recorded a video message for all Americans on Friday after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Before leaving for Walter Reed Hospital where there is a presidential suite to allow him to continue working while being monitored and receiving supportive treatment, Trump said he thought he was going to be fine.
'I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,' Trump said. 'I am going to Walter Reed Hospital.'
'I think I'm doing very well, but we're going to make sure that things work out,' Trump said. 'The first lady is doing very well.'
He added: 'So thank you very much. I appreciate it. I will never forget. Thank you.'
Added White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany:
“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.”
The president, wearing a suit and tie, and a face mask, was seen walking out of the White House and across the South Lawn toward Marine One for Walter Reed. The president gave his signature thumbs-up as he walked out of the White House. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, wearing a blue face mask, walked behind the president. The president saluted the military officers by Marine One before boarding.
The president, upon arrival to Walter Reed, walked down the steps of Marine One, and again saluted military officers at the medical center.
Prior to moving the commander-in-chief to Walter Reed, Dr. Sean P. Conley, the president's physician, released an update on his condition.
'Following PCR-confirmation of the President's diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron's polyclonal antibody cocktail,' a memo released Friday afternoon by Dr. Sean P. Conley, the president's physician stated. “He completed the infusion without incident.'
“In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin,” Conley said, adding that “as of this afternoon, the President remains fatigued but in good spirits.”
Godspeed, Mr. President and first lady. Also, a shout-out to Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who were also diagnosed with the virus Friday.
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