Trump Enters Hospital With Covid, Jolting White House, Campaign

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump remains in a U.S. military hospital outside Washington after contracting the coronavirus, a development that unnerved the White House and shook his struggling re-election campaign.

The White House said his symptoms were mild and that he would continue to work from a suite at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, but his hospitalization heightened fears that his condition was more serious.



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President Donald Trump exits Marine One while arriving to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 2.

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The president’s physician, Sean Conley, said late Friday night that Trump was being treated with the antiviral drug Remdesivir and did not require oxygen.

Trump spoke Friday evening in a video he tweeted out to thank Americans for their well-wishes. “I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” he said.

But as the day wore on, more and more prominent people in political circles revolving around Trump tested positive for the virus. They included his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, two Republican senators and a former top White House aide, Kellyanne Conway.

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That Trump, who is wary of doctors, agreed to go to Walter Reed is a sign of concern about his condition, several people familiar with the matter said. Within the White House, several aides said they had received no more information about Trump’s condition than the public.



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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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There will be no transfer of power from Trump to Vice President Mike Pence while the president is in the hospital, White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

The helicopter flight to Walter Reed was the most dramatic moment in a day of dizzying developments in Washington sparked by the president’s disclosure of his illness just a month before Election Day. As the Trump campaign was scrapping most of its planned events, the president’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, was campaigning in the battleground state of Michigan, where he delivered a speech while wearing a face mask.

Biden, who took part in a chaotic debate with Trump on Tuesday, expressed wishes for a speedy recovery for both Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive for the coronavirus, and said the diagnosis was a “bracing reminder” to take the disease seriously.



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Joe Biden in Michigan on Oct. 2.

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Fresh anxiety over the virus continued to reverberate into Friday night. Stepien, who was promoted to run the campaign this summer to help revive Trump’s re-election bid, has been infected, a campaign spokesman said.

Conway, who managed Trump’s 2016 campaign before joining the administration, said she had tested positive.

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Cat defends itself after dog enters garden in Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham

An injured cat called Oscar gave the performance of a lifetime when he fought off a dog running amok on his home turf.

CCTV footage shows the feline defending himself while sitting atop a water butt after a dog came charging into the garden Oscar had been lounging in, which is next door to his Roosevelt Avenue home in Chatham .



Watch: Oscar rushing to safety as the dog enters the garden

Neighbour Sue Cooper, whose cameras captured the skuffle on Monday, said: “He usually comes up here, he spends a lot of time in my garden. Dogs can kill cats and this dog was after this cat.”

Oscar was hit by a car two years ago, leaving one of his legs badly injured.

Mrs Cooper has herself lost two cats in road accidents in the area, and used to foster for charity Cats Protection.

The footage shows the dog, which resembles a black Labrador, jumping over a small fence into Mrs Cooper’s garden, splashing about in her pond and barking at the cats, before Oscar defends himself.

Th canine also goes into another garden and runs in the road.

Watch: Oscar continues to fight off the persistent canine

The dog was in and out of Mrs Cooper’s land for about three minutes. She believes it was being taken for a walk but was not on the lead.

She said: “It is in and out of the pond and wrecks plants. I find it extremely distressing to watch. It could have been run over, it could have caused an accident.”

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Tennessee man shoots deputy, killed when SWAT enters house

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man who held his girlfriend hostage and shot a deputy while barricading himself in a home in Tennessee was killed when a SWAT team entered the house, authorities said Thursday.

Jonathan Darsaw, 49, was fatally shot early Thursday during an “armed confrontation” with Shelby County sheriff’s deputies called in to help authorities in adjoining Fayette County, authorities said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Fayette County authorities received reports Wednesday that a man had shot his girlfriend multiple times and was holding her hostage in a house in Moscow, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Memphis.

The man, identified as Darsaw, allowed his girlfriend to leave and barricaded himself in the house, the TBI said in a news release. The woman was hospitalized with injuries that were not critical.

Later Wednesday, Fayette County deputies tried to arrest Darsaw when he stepped onto his back porch. Darsaw shot at deputies, hitting one of them, the TBI said. The deputy received treatment for undisclosed wounds and is recovering, the TBI said.

Shelby County’s SWAT team was called for help and members entered the home at about 4 a.m. Thursday. Darsaw was fatally shot during a confrontation that is under investigation by the TBI, which will forward its findings to the district attorney.

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