U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks from the Marine One helicopter followed by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as he arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the White House announced that he ‘will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days’ after testing positive for the coronavirus disease
By EMILY GOODIN SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER and FRANCES MULRANEY and JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
An adviser to President Donald Trump revealed there is ‘reason for concern’ after the president had ‘trouble breathing’ as he was admitted to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Friday evening following his positive coronavirus test.
‘This is serious,’ the source told CNN, stating that Trump was ‘very tired, very fatigued’.
The White House has stayed mute on the severity of Trump’s symptoms and continued to say that the president will be fine.
The president gave a ‘thumbs up’ as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be airlifted to hospital on Friday evening. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn’t speak as he walked to Marine One. He walked on his own with no help.
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was with him, also wearing a mask. Several senior White House staffers, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, were on the lawn to watch the president’s departure. They were also wearing masks, an unusual image for the Trump White House.
Trump walked slowly down the stairs of Marine One when he arrived on the hospital grounds after the 15-minute journey holding on to the handrail as he descended.
He got into a waiting motorcade for the short ride to the hospital, where he was admitted into the presidential suite.
The White House said he was being admitted for tests ‘out of an abundance of caution’ after he developed a fever, congestion and a cough.
He is expected to remain in hospital for ‘a few days’ where he will continue working, they added.
In a video message posted to Twitter, the President thanked the American people for their support following his diagnosis.
‘I want to thank everyone for the tremendous support. I’m going to Walter Reed hospital, I think I’m doing well, but we’re going to make sure things work out,’ he said in the 18-second clip.
‘The First Lady is doing very well. So, thank you very much, I appreciate it. I will never forget it.’
White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah confirmed that Trump had not transferred power to Vice President Mike Pence, despite his hospitalization. ‘The president is in charge,’ she said.
Pence is at the Naval Observatory where he lives. He tested negative for COVID on Friday morning.
On Friday evening, Eric Trump tweeted that his father ‘is a true warrior’ and asked Americans to ‘join me in praying for his recovery’.
‘He will fight through this with the same strength and conviction that he uses to fight for America each and every day,’ Eric wrote. ‘I ask you to join me in praying for his recovery. I have never been more proud of someone and what they have had to endure.’
Trump’s daughter Ivanka also called him a ‘warrior’ saying he ‘will beat this’.
‘I love you, Dad,’ she added.