It was just two sentences from an unnamed source in a White House pool report, but it exploded the prevailing narrative about President Trump’s health.
I was on the air on Saturday and said these comments–that the president’s vital signs over the past 24 hours were “very concerning” and the next two days would be “crucial”–totally undermined the briefing at Walter Reed Medical Center. I instinctively knew they had to come from the highest level at the White House, even before chief of staff Mark Meadows was outed, and that they were designed to darken the rosy scenario painted by the president’s personal physician.
Indeed, Sean Conley essentially admitted at Sunday’s briefing–which unfolded during my show–that he had withheld negative information. The doctor said he “was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness has had.”
Questions about President Donald Trump’s health swirled through the weekend as his physicians and White House staff gave confusing or conflicting assessments. One month from the election, the American public saw a historical pattern of obfuscation, half-truths, and secrecy that’s often marked US presidential illnesses. The motives over time have ranged from politics to national security. On Sunday, Mr. Trump’s doctors again evaded basic questions about his health but also said he “continued to improve” and that he could be discharged as early as today. Mr. Trump released a brief video Sunday afternoon, saying “It’s been a very interesting journey” and he took a short, controversial car ride to wave to supporters before returning to the hospital.
Also testing positive for COVID-19 are three senators – including two on the Judiciary Committee that will oversee Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett – and several White House and