How the everyday chaos of reporting on the Trump White House played out for the world to see on Saturday

But as the press continued to wait for the president’s medical team outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the next four hours of reports encapsulated the chaos that has been the defining feature of covering the Trump White House — this time on what might be the most consequential moment of his presidency.

By 11:06 a.m., Bolen’s pool report #4 informed the world that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that doctors were currently seeing the president. By 11:39 a.m., she reported that “Dr. [Sean] Conley emerged from the double-brass doors of Walter Reed medical center,” adding that her fellow journalists could tune in to TV news directly to hear the president’s physician speak.

That was when Conley told the gathered press that the president was “doing very well,” with normal breathing and a cooling fever but a “mild cough, nasal congestion, fatigue.” But he also shocked reporters as well as viewers watching from home when he described Trump as being “72 hours into the diagnosis” — which suggested the president, who announced his diagnosis early Friday, could have tested positive as early as Wednesday. Then another doctor on the White House team referred to a treatment Trump received “48 hours,” which again would have been well before he supposedly learned he was sick.

They did not answer questions about when the president was first diagnosed, nor when he was first symptomatic and remained vague about whether he had received supplemental oxygen.

After that is when things really started to get weird. As Bolen explained to The Washington Post later, “an official who was there asked to speak to reporters off the record” and gave them the remarkable quote that the source agreed they could use as “background” information in their reports.

Bolen put it in her Pool Report #7, sent at 12:06 p.m. and citing a source familiar with the president’s health: “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”

Within seconds, Bolen said she was getting “calls and emails and texts from many, many, many news organizations across the country, asking me if I could identify the source or provide any more clarity.” Because Bolen had agreed not to identify the White House official, she could not — not even hours later, after his identity had been revealed by other journalists.

Reporters raced to clarify the disparity in messages. “I do not know where this quote came from, and why this anonymous person has the authority to contradict the president’s doctors,” tweeted Olivia Nuzzi, New York magazine’s White House reporter who was at the briefing.

But other reporters who were not bound by the original off-the-record agreement were able to identify him: It was Meadows, as the Associated Press soon reported. Nuzzi tweeted a video showing Meadows briefing reporters after the press conferences.

“It was maddening to see

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Schizophrenic who sparked chaos at Gatwick with two kitchen knives avoids jail

Adam Russell was told he is lucky to be alive after armed police responded to his arrival

A knifeman who told a neighbour he was planning a ‘massacre’ before sparking panic at Gatwick Airport has been spared jail. 

Adam Russell, 32, turned up brandishing two huge kitchen knives having told the neighbour he was ‘going to kill them all’. Airport staff feared a terror attack and pressed a panic button, as armed police arrived within two minutes to Taser and arrest him.

Russell, who suffers with schizophrenia, was in the midst of a relapse when he boarded a bus to the London airport in the early hours of June 3, 2019, Lewes Crown Court heard, as it handed him a suspended sentence on Tuesday afternoon.

His actions caused nearly 200 people to be evacuated from the South Terminal after he headed towards the international departure lounge with the weapons. 

Russell, from Crawley, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article and affray and has apologised for his behaviour.

Prosecutor Rachel Beckett said Russell was seen by one of his neighbours about 1.30am while they both waited for a bus.

She told the court: ‘The defendant said he was going for a massacre at Gatwick. He later said he was going to kill them all.’

Russell arrived at the airport and was seen walking into the arrivals hall, carrying a knife in each hand.

Security workers pressed the panic button when he arrived at the airport

One witness said the defendant was ‘walking with purpose in his stride’ and had ‘an emotionless glazed over look in his face’.

Another said Russell looked ‘like he was on a mission’.

As onlookers realised the danger, they began shouting and running, with security staff ushering people away.

He was heard shouting ‘come on then’ as he continued to hold the knives.

Ms Beckett added: ‘(A) security officer said she was so scared when she saw the defendant she was scared he was about to start stabbing everyone.

Russell was Tasered and arrested

‘She thought “this is it, this is a terrorist attack”.’

Staff pressed the panic button at 1.54am and armed police arrived in the area at 1.55am.

Officers armed with a carbine and handguns found the defendant and shouted at him to show them his hands.

They formed the view that he was ‘aggressive and an immediate danger’ and Tasered him in the chest.

After he was arrested, he told police that he is a schizophrenic.

Russell’s mental health had been deteriorating in the lead up to the incident, the court heard

The court heard that a week before the Gatwick incident he had told ambulance staff that voices in his head were telling him to blow up the airport.

Defence barrister Fiona Clegg said: ‘What is very clear is that in the proceeding weeks to the incident that his mental health was deteriorating significantly.

‘Mr Russell now wishes me to indicate that he is now able to see – whilst he

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