President Donald Trump will be taken to Walter Reed hospital, after feeling “fatigue” in the wake of his COVID-19 diagnosis.
A White House spokesperson said Trump would spend “the next few days” at the facility.
“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,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
Marine One, the president’s helicopter, landed on the South Lawn of the White House to take Trump to the military medical facility in Bethesda, Md.
The hospitalization is a change from earlier plans, under which Trump was expected to convalesce at the White House.
Earlier on Friday afternoon, Trump’s physician reported that he was “fatigued, but in good spirits.” The White House doctor also provided an extensive list of Trump’s treatments to combat the disease.
Trump announced on Twitter at about 1 a.m. Friday that he had tested positive.
“We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote. He has not tweeted since.
First Lady Melania Trump also tested positive, but her symptoms appear to be relatively mild.
“I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good,” she said on Twitter on Friday. “I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.”
Trump’s trip to Walter Reed will raise questions about whether Vice President Mike Pence may have to temporarily assume power. The 25th Amendment allows the president’s powers to be transferred to the vice president if the president is unable to fulfill his duties. The amendment has been invoked only three times, when Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush underwent colonoscopies.
Trump was supposed to attend a fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon before flying to Sanford, Fla., for a rally. Those events were canceled, and the campaign is either canceling subsequent events or making them virtual.
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