White House doctor says Trump could ‘return to public engagements’ on Saturday

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a castle on top of a building: The White House is seen in Washington, early Tuesday, the morning after President Trump returned from the hospital where he was treated for COVID-19.


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The White House is seen in Washington, early Tuesday, the morning after President Trump returned from the hospital where he was treated for COVID-19.

President Trump made the stunning announcement that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday, Oct. 2. Since that time, several others in Trump’s circle have tested positive for the virus. Here’s the latest about what we know:

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White House doctor says Trump could ‘return to public engagements’ on Saturday

By Lauren Booker, Globe Staff

Dr. Sean Conley, the physician treating President Trump, says in a statement sent Thursday night that he anticipates for President Trump to be able to “return to public engagement” on Saturday, and cites that date as being day 10 since the president’s diagnosis on Oct. 1.

The doctor’s report says that the president’s “physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness.”

“Overall he’s responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects,” Conley writes in the memo.

Trump’s afternoon vitals, including heart rate, 69 beats/min, blood pressure, 127/91 mmHG, respiratory rate, 15-17 breaths/min, and pulse oximetry, 96 to 98 percent room air, were also listed in the memo.

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Biden won’t divulge court expansion stance now

By The Associated Press

Joe Biden says he won’t reveal until after the Nov. 3 election whether he’d consider adding seats to the Supreme Court.

The Democratic presidential nominee told reporters in Arizona on Thursday that voters will “know my opinion on court packing when the election’s over.” He said answering the hypothetical and politically fraught question would play into President Donald Trump’s hands.

Biden has joined his party’s senators in calling for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a confirmation vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, until after the election. Barrett would give the court a 6-3 conservative majority.

Some progressives want Biden and Democrats to commit to expanding the court with a slate of liberal justices if they take power in January. Trump and Republicans are using that scenario in the hopes of animating the GOP base and perhaps coaxing votes from some moderate Republicans who dislike Trump but care about the court makeup.

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Biden calls on Trump to stop insulting Harris

By The Associated Press

Democrat Joe Biden is calling on President Donald Trump to stop insulting his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, after the president called her a “monster” during a TV appearance.

Speaking to reporters Thursday on the tarmac in Phoenix, Biden called the Republican president’s comments “despicable” and “so beneath the office of the presidency.” He added of the president: “It’s obvious he has great difficulty dealing with strong women.”

Trump made the comments Thursday on Fox Business in reference to Harris’ performance during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate with Mike Pence. Harris, who is campaigning in Arizona with Biden, declined to

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Trump can return to ‘public engagements’ this weekend, White House physician says

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley sent out a memorandum on Thursday stating that President Trump will be able to return to public engagements this weekend.

Noting that it will be ten days since Trump was first diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, Conley anticipates that Trump can return to his usual schedule by Saturday.

Conely said that Trump has responded “extremely well to treatment” and said there is no sign of “adverse therapeutic effects.”

“Today the President has completed his course of therapy for COVID-19 as prescribed by his team of physicans,” Conley said in his memo.

“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time,” he added.

Hours earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., teased a constitutional measure to potentially remove Trump from office, following questions regarding Trump’s health as he recovers from coronavirus.

“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow,” Pelosi said. “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”

The president and first lady Melania Trump announced they tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday, just before 1:00 a.m. — althuogh the actual timeline of his diagnosis has been disputed.

The Centers for Disease Control says people “with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. People with more severe symptoms can remain infectious for longer, it says.

TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES HE WAS ‘VERY SICK’ WHEN HE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR COVID 

White House officials said Trump started exhibiting symptoms about a week ago.

Trump acknowledged earlier he was “very sick” last week when he was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center.

Trump highlighted in a new video that while hospitalized, “I took this medicine and it was incredible.”

He told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo said Thursday morning he didn’t think he was contagious “at all” anymore.

Still, the Commission on Presidential Debates moved next week’s debate to a virtual setting.

President Trump said he would not participate in a virtual debate. “The commission changed the debate style and that’s not acceptable to us,” Trump said on “Mornings with Maria.” “I beat him in the first debate, I beat him easily.”

PELOSI QUESTIONS TRUMP’S HEALTH, SAYS ‘WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE 25TH AMENDMENT’ 

The president added that he expected to “beat [Democratic nominee Joe Biden] in the second debate also.”

“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump went on. “I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate.”

Meanwhile, Trump adviser Stephen Miller announced that he’d tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday, following White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s announcement she had contracted the virus on Monday.

Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at this point include senior adviser Hope Hicks and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also tested positive for COVID-19.

Former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has also

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