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United States: "The real test is yet to come": how is Trump really doing?

Donald Trump has been a patient at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda for a good 17 hours when his personal physician Sean Conley appeared before the journalists there on Saturday morning. The fact that the US president was not only infected with the corona virus, but was even flown to hospital, has deeply unsettled the nation.

Conley is flanked by nine colleagues in white coats, his mission: to educate Americans about Trump's health. The performance lasts less than 13 minutes. After that, not only is the uncertainty, but also the distrust of the White House even greater than before.

All values ​​normal?

Conley paints a rosy picture of the 74-year-old's condition. "The president is doing very well this morning," says the doctor. Trump has been free of fever for 24 hours. Cough, nasal congestion and tiredness have subsided. "At this point in time, the team and I are very pleased with the progress the president has made." Conley's colleague Sean Dooley says Trump has no breathing difficulties. Heart, kidneys, liver - all values ​​normal. "He's in an exceptionally good mood." During the morning doctor's visit, Trump even made the following encouraging remark: "I feel like I could run out of here today."

The anonymous source describes a different situation

The briefing of the medics has only just ended when an anonymous source stabbed the reporters at the hospital through information that sounds very different: "The values ​​of the president in the past 24 hours have been very worrying," it says. The next 48 hours would be crucial. "We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery." The New York Times later reported that the source was Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows. The White House leaves inquiries about this unanswered. One of Trump's closest employees seems to contradict the personal physician's optimistic portrayal.

The personal doctor evades

Even without Meadow's cross shot, Conley's appearance left many questions unanswered. No answer to how high Trump's fever was. There is also no information about when Trump was last tested negative for the virus or where he could have been infected. Above all, the doctor repeatedly evades the question of whether Trump needed additional oxygen at some point in the course of his Covid 19 illness. "He's not getting any oxygen right now," replies Conley. The reason for the restriction soon becomes clear: The New York Times reported that Trump had breathing problems on Friday. That prompted the doctors to give him additional oxygen - and to take him to the hospital.

When was Trump's test result available?

Trump's personal doctor also said on Saturday lunchtime that the coronavirus diagnosis was "72 hours" ago. That would be devastating for Trump: Then he would have known he was highly contagious before meeting donors in Minnesota and New Jersey on Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon. The president is already being criticized because the White House knew before its meeting on Thursday that one of its closest advisors was infected with the virus. A little later, Conley wrote a "clarification" circulated by the White House stating that he had expressed himself incorrectly. In fact, Trump's positive test result was only available on Thursday evening.

Trump and the hospitals?

Maggie Haberman, who reports on Trump's White House for the New York Times, writes on Twitter that Conley has jeopardized his credibility. "This is partly because he is complying with the wishes of a patient who does not want the information about yesterday to be disclosed," said Haberman's tweets, citing Trump's environment. All his life, Trump had a phobia of disease and an extreme distrust of hospitals. "He wouldn't have gone to a hospital if he was doing relatively well."

Just a precautionary measure?

CNN reports that advisors should have urged Trump to board the helicopter that took him to the hospital on Friday evening. The White House had previously spoken of a purely precautionary measure. Meadows said on Friday that Trump was "in a good mood" and very energetic. The president only shows "slight symptoms". That didn't sound like "worrying" values. Trump himself said in a video message on Friday evening: "I think I'm doing very well." On Saturday evening, he contradicted his statement about 24 hours earlier. In a hospital video posted on Saturday night, he says, "I came here, didn't feel so good." The president then adds, "I feel a lot better now." At the same time, Trump also admits that the "real test" will only take place in the next few days.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020

A suspicious doctor's letter

Even before his illness, Trump's credibility (not only) in medical matters was in poor shape. His campaign team presented a letter in 2015 from a doctor named Harold Bornstein, which said, "I can clearly say that if Mr Trump is elected, he will be the healthiest person ever elected to the presidency." It is not for nothing that the style was reminiscent of the president of superlatives. Bornstein told CNN almost two and a half years ago: "He dictated the whole letter. I did not write this letter."

Can you trust the white house?

CNN is now criticizing that under Trump the White House "made the erosion of truth and facts its central task". The Washington Post believes that this White House cannot be trusted to provide truthful information about Trump's health. The news site Axios even writes of a "cover-up" in a newsletter and asks why contradictions are being presented to the public. Even employees of the White House and Trump's campaign team have been at a loss since Meadow's statements about what is actually going on. "Like us, they have little confidence in what they are told." (dpa)