Trump's symptoms have been described as deeply disturbing even when doctors present Rosier's picture

Trump's symptoms have been described as deeply disturbing even when doctors present Rosier's picture
The White House delivered a barrage of conflicting messages and contradictory accounts about President Trump's health on Saturday as he remained in hospital due to the Coronavirus for a second night and the outbreak spread to a wider segment of his aides and allies.

Just minutes after the president's doctors drew a rosy picture of his condition on TV, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, gave reporters outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center a more sober assessment away from the camera, describing Mr Trump's vital signs as alarming. And the warning that the next two days will be pivotal in the outcome of the disease.

"The vital matters for the president during the past 24 hours have been extremely worrying, and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care," Meadows told reporters, requesting anonymity. "We are still not on a clear path towards a full recovery."

In keeping with his ground rules, Meadows' notes, in a collective report sent to White House reporters, were attributed to a person familiar with the president's health. But a video posted online captured Mr Meadows approaching pool reporters outside Walter Reed after a televised briefing of doctors and asking to speak informally, stating who the unnamed source was.

The comments angered the president, according to people close to the situation, and he intervened directly to counter the perception that he was more ill than the White House had admitted. Within hours, he posted a message on Twitter saying, "I'm fine!" He contacted his friend and personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani to make him convey a message to the outside world. Mr. Trump told him, "I'm going to get over this."

By evening, the president had released a four-minute reassuring video of the nation, showing him sitting at a hospital conference table wearing a formal jacket but without a tie. He looked weak and appeared less energetic than usual in a spotty message that featured a recent campaign, and bragged about his record.

He admitted he was "not feeling well" but said he was feeling "much better now" and that he expected to return to work soon. "I think I'll be back soon, and I look forward to ending the campaign the way we started," he said, although he acknowledged, like Mr. Meadows, that the next few days would be the "real test."

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