Washington: United States President Donald Trump was hospitalised on Friday and given an experimental COVID-19 treatment, but said he was “well,” following a report that claimed he was suffering from breathlessness.
After being absent in public since his announcement of getting postive with the deadly virus, the President walked out of the White House on Friday evening, wearing a mask and flew by helicopter to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.
In an 18-second video recorded inside the White House and released on Twitter, Trump broke his silence, saying he was being hospitalized but “I think I’m doing very well.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
“We’re going to make sure that things work out,” he said, adding that the first lady was also “doing very well.”
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that medical experts recommended Trump “be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.”
Later on Friday, a letter issued by White House physician Sean Conley indicated something more serious.
Conley said Trump received a single dose of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail, a treatment undergoing clinical trials but not yet approved by regulators.
“He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps,” Conley wrote.