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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:
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.
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.
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