At White House Event, Trump Tells Supporters He’s ‘Feeling Great’

Reporting by The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump on Saturday made his first public appearance since returning to the White House after being treated for the coronavirus. The White House has refused to declare that he is no longer contagious, and the gathering of hundreds of people on the South Lawn went ahead despite the guidance of public health officials.

Trump delivered an address on his support for law enforcement from the Blue Room balcony to a friendly crowd. The president wore a mask as he walked out for the speech but took it off to make his remarks. He received an enthusiastic response from his supporters.

“I’m feeling great,” said Trump, who said he was thankful for their good wishes and prayers as he recovered.

Trump is also priming for a Florida rally on Monday and campaign events in Iowa and Pennsylvania later in the week.

The president addressed the large crowd even as the White House refuses to declare that he is no longer contagious and against the guidance of public health officials.

The White House insisted the event on the South Lawn was an official event and not a campaign rally. But Trump used the address to make broadsides against the Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.

“I think we’re gonna swamp them by so much,” he said.

Trump appeared healthy, though perhaps a little hoarse, during the 18-minute speech that was intended to send the message that he’s back and ready to resume his battle for reelection.

Before the speech, White House officials said they had no information to release on whether the president was tested for COVID-19, meaning he made his first public appearance without the White House verifying that he’s no longer contagious.

Security was stepped up around the White House before the event, which was called a “peaceful protest for law & order.” Police and the Secret Service closed surrounding streets to vehicles and shut down Lafayette Square, the park near the White House that has long been a gathering place for public protest.

As questions linger about his health — and Democratic opponent Joe Biden steps up his own campaigning — Trump also planned to leave the Washington area on Monday for the first time since he was hospitalized for a campaign rally in Sanford, Florida. He is also scheduled to hold campaign events in Iowa and Pennsylvania next week and is increasing his radio and TV appearances with conservative interviewers, hoping to make up for lost time with just over three weeks until Election Day and millions already voting.

Biden’s campaign said he again tested negative on Saturday for COVID-19. Biden was potentially exposed to the coronavirus during his Sept. 29 debate with Trump, who announced his positive diagnosis barely 48 hours after the debate.

The president has not been seen in public — other than in White House-produced videos — since his return five days ago from the military

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Overnight Defense: Trump says he’s leaving Walter Reed, ‘feeling really good’ after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows

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Overnight Defense: Trump says he’s leaving Walter Reed, ‘feeling really good’ after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows | Dems expand probe into Pompeo speeches

THE TOPLINE: President Trump is expected to leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening after three days of treatment for COVID-19.

Trump, whose oxygen levels dropped as recently as Saturday and who is on several medications following his coronavirus diagnosis, tweeted that he is “feeling really good” and that Americans should not allow COVID-19 to “dominate your life,” downplaying a virus that has killed more than 210,000 people in the country.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!” Trump tweeted. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

Caveats: While Trump urged Americans not to be afraid of the virus, the president has access to medical resources unavailable to most in the country. For example, Trump was given an experimental Regeneron antibody cocktail under a compassionate use agreement that is not available to the public.

There is also the risk Trump could experience a setback while he receives treatment at the White House and have to return to the hospital, something that could be damaging for both his health and his re-election chances. Trump is 74 and overweight, putting him at higher risk for serious coronavirus complications.

What Trump’s doctors say: White House physician Sean Conley told reporters that Trump’s symptoms have continued to improve and that he has met or exceeded all discharge criteria. But he acknowledged that Trump may not yet be “out of the woods,” underscoring the degree of uncertainty surrounding his condition.

“Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all of our evaluations, and most importantly, his clinical status, support the president’s safe return home,” Conley said.

Trump’s doctors had told reporters on Sunday that he could be discharged as early as Monday as they painted a rosy portrait of his condition and recovery while continuing to evade some questions about his treatment and health. At the same time, the doctors also revealed that Trump had a high fever on Friday and experienced two transient drops in his oxygen levels on Friday and Saturday.

According to the medical team, the president is currently on multiple medications, including the antiviral medication remdesivir, the steroid dexamethasone and the Regeneron antibody cocktail.

The president’s doctors said Monday that he would receive his fourth dose of remdesivir at the hospital and his fifth on Tuesday when he is back at the White House. They

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Trump says he is feeling well, still at Walter Reed with covid-19

At a news conference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday morning, Trump’s medical team suggested that the president tested positive for the coronavirus earlier than initially disclosed by the White House. The president’s physician, Sean P. Conley, later issued a “clarification” through the White House on that timeline, as well as the time frame in which the president was administered Regeneron, an antibody cocktail that was part of the complement of drugs Trump has taken to fend off the virus.

Conley also declined to answer specific questions about the president’s health, including how high his fever grew in recent days, when he last tested negative for the virus and whether he was ever administered supplemental oxygen since being diagnosed. A senior administration official later confirmed reports that Trump was given supplemental oxygen at the White House Friday before going to Walter Reed.

The questions raised by the news conferences and subsequent comments from White House aides further fueled a credibility problem that has plagued the White House from the start of Trump’s presidency, as the statements served to raise more questions about the of the president’s medical condition.

For his part, Trump tweeted that he was “feeling well” Saturday afternoon, his first comments of the day hours after his physicians told reporters that the president was in “exceptionally good spirits.” He went to Walter Reed Friday evening and the White House said he is expected to stay there several days while doctors monitor his health.

Later Saturday, Trump called for progress on a new pandemic economic relief bill, attempting to inject some momentum into the on-again, off-again negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!” Trump wrote. “Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!”

The question of transparency surrounding Trump’s health focused on two issues: the public’s right to now about the well-being of the commander in chief and to what degree Trump and his aides may have exposed others to the virus who should know so they can tend to their own health.

“Consistency and accuracy on messaging the president’’s health condition is important,” said Tom Bossert, the president’s former homeland security adviser. “And we haven’t seen consistency. I can’t speak to accuracy, and neither can you.”

Trump and his aides have traveled frequently this week and come into contact with many people. Since Tuesday, Trump has appeared with thousands at a rally in Minnesota, debated Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden onstage in Cleveland and met with donors at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. He has also interacted with a coterie of aides, lawmakers and political advisers at the White House and on the road.

These events are potentially venueswhere the infection could have been spread to others.


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White House doctor says Trump is feeling ‘well’ after COVID-19 diagnosis, but doesn’t disclose whether he has symptoms

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  • White House Physician Sean Conley released a memo early Friday morning confirming President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, but he did not specify whether the president is symptomatic.
  • “Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments,” Conley wrote.
  • Under the 25th amendment, the president has to submit a “written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” to transfer power to the vice president.
  • Hope Hicks, the senior White House aide who tested positive for the virus yesterday, is symptomatic, according to CNN and multiple news outlets.
  • Several of the president’s upcoming events were removed from his White House schedule for Friday after Trump broke the news he had COVID, and First Lady Melania Trump tweeted that she has “postponed all upcoming engagements.”
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A memorandum from White House Physician Sean Conley released early Friday morning described President Donald Trump as feeling “well” following his positive test result for COVID-19, but it did not specify whether the president is symptomatic.

“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments,” Conley wrote.

Conley also confirmed that the 74-year old president and First Lady Melania Trump are quarantining.

“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote.

Several of Trump’s upcoming events for Friday were also removed from his schedule, with the White House releasing an updated version shortly after his tweet announcing the positive test result. Gone from the president’s calendar is a morning intelligence briefing, a trip to his Washington DC hotel for a roundtable with supporters and a later afternoon campaign trip to Sanford, Florida.

Trump, however, still does have a scheduled phone call at 12:15 pm to discuss COVID-19 with vulnerable seniors.

Melania Trump also tweeted that her upcoming events will be postponed.


Under the 25th Amendment, Trump would transfer power over to Vice President Mike Pence if he were incapacitated or unable to perform his duties as president.

“Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President,” Section III of the amendment reads.

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Dolly Parton Created A Christmas Kitchen Collection And It Has Us Feeling Festive Already

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Photo credit: Williams Sonoma

From Delish

Most of us do not need a ton of motivation to buy new holiday decorations and other fun seasonal items, but if Dolly Parton is involved, well, that’s an instant add-to-cart, no questions asked. On that note, prepare to crack open the piggy banks, kids, because Dolly Parton has teamed up with Williams Sonoma to create her own line of holiday kitchen items.

Dolly announced her partnership with Williams Sonoma late last week and unveiled all of the adorable items you’ll be able to enjoy this Christmas. The designs and products are all inspired by Dolly’s own Christmas traditions (and will pair perfectly with her upcoming Christmas album, Holly Dolly Christmas…). First up is Dolly’s Cookie Cutter Set featuring cookie cutters designed in honor of things Dolly loves like music notes, a log cabin, and of course, a butterfly.

You can even buy a gingerbread cabin that is designed to look like Dolly’s two-room Tennessee mountain home. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, you can pick up guitar gingerbread cookies instead, or you can even buy Dolly’s sugar cookie mix if that’s more your style. Our personal favorite items, though, are the patchwork aprons (made in adult and kids sizes) and their matching potholders and oven mitts. If your baking accessories are getting a little old and worn, these might be worth investing in so you can create some new memories.

You can shop the entire collection right now on Williams Sonoma and get started on Christmas baking before it even hits December. Why not? That’s what freezers are for!

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The Secret Garden – A Novel and A Feeling

“Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast.”

– Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden”

A childhood classic piece of literature, “The Secret Garden” is a tale about nature and everyday magic. Two children, who both begin the story sick, in different ways, find a forgotten garden locked behind a hedge and bring it back to life. While tending the garden, however, it becomes part of the magic that brings them back to life.

To my mind, and likely to those of many others who read the book, the term “secret garden” revives an amorphous sensation as strongly as it does memories of the actual story: an impression of childhood wonder and secrecy, of swirling green and red, the warmth of sunshine and cool of morning dew, wrapped in the comforting beauty of seclusion.

In this article I’m going to discuss that feeling and why it is particularly hard for city dwellers to achieve (yet important to do so). And for those striving to find a secret spot in their own cities, I’ll give you a head start at the end with a selection of a few of our locals’ favorite secret gardens in some of their cities.

The magic of the secret garden

“It was because it had been shut up so long that she wanted to see it. It seemed as if it must be different from other places and that something strange must have happened to it…”

Why does the sight of a door in a wall leading to an unknown place create such a delicious feeling of adventure?

Children and adults alike need a place they can call their own, where they can nurture and form their surroundings. Whether it be a home or a garden, this private space allows people to process their thoughts quietly, away from observing eyes. In our secret spaces, we can rest or engage in favorite activities. And for some people, including the children in the story, it becomes a place of healing, through nurturing something outside of themselves.

This is something I only realized recently, looking back on the story. Reading it as a child or young adult left me with a nice tale of two children reviving a sleeping garden and an impression of secret spaces and magic. As I grew up and began to analyze what I read more closely, however, I realized that the true beauty of the story lies in the magic of the garden, and its power to revive them from their sleepy lives.

In the story, one of the children is a “contrary” girl named Mary, who has never had a friend or heard a loving word in her life. The other character, Colin, is a boy who was told from a young age that he was sick and would die

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