This is a rush transcript from “The Five” October 2, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
DANA PERINO, FOX NEWS HOST: Hello, everyone. I’m Dana Perino along with Dagen McDowell, Juan Williams, Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld. It’s 5 o’clock in New York City, and this is The Five.
President Trump and the first lady in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Now the news upending an already chaotic campaign season with the election just 32 days away. The president and first lady experiencing mild symptoms but they are said to be in good spirits. The White House doctor just releasing a statement on their condition.
So, we want to go to John Roberts, he’s at the White House with more on all of that. Hi, John.
JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Dana, good afternoon. Yes, the president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, releasing a statement just a short time ago giving us an update of what the president’s situation here is.
Let’s put it on the screen so you can follow along here. Dr. Conley writing, following PCR confirmation of the president’s diagnosis, and this is the test where they stick that swab way, way up your nose. As a precautionary measure he received a single 8-gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibodies, this is an experimental drug that has not received FDA approval. They are just finishing up phase three trials.
The president has been taking zinc, vitamin D which boosts his immune system, famotidine, which is a generic form of Pepcid, melatonin to help him sleep, and a daily aspirin. As of this afternoon the president remains fatigued but in good spirits. He’s being evaluated by a team of experts.
Today will be — together, rather, will be making recommendations to the president and first lady in regards to next best steps.
Nothing in there you’ll notice about taking hydroxychloroquine, as the president did preventively back in May along with azithromycin and zinc. In terms of the timeline, we know that the president was with Hope Hicks, a close advisor of his on several recent campaign events including one to Minnesota on Wednesday where Ms. Hicks became ill and was actually isolated aboard Air Force One on the way back.
The president testing positive for coronavirus later on Thursday. Hope Hicks had tested positive earlier in the day. But the president is still taking a trip to Bedminster, New Jersey. Here’s what Mark Meadows, the chief of staff, said about the timing of all of that.
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MARK MEADOWS, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: In terms of Hope Hicks, we discovered that right the Marine One was taking off yesterday. We actually pulled some of the people that had been traveling and in close contact. The reason why it was reported out just frankly is that we had already started the contact tracing just prior to that event.
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ROBERTS: And Dana, we were