DONALD Trump reportedly returned to the Oval Office yesterday – despite being Covid-positive as aides were told to "wear full PPE whenever they are near him."
On Wednesday, Trump's top economic advisor Larry Kudlow revealed the president was back in his office – but his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows denied the claims.
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Meadows said Kudlow misspoke during his CNBC interview after revealing that the president wanted to be back at his desk yesterday, an NBC reporter tweeted.
The conflicting reports emerged after Trump's triumphant return to the White House from the Walter Reed hospital in Maryland on Monday evening, just 72 hours after he was admitted with coronavirus.
“The president actually showed up in the Oval Office yesterday with extra precautions with respect to his Covid-19,” Kudlow said. “And he’s getting a lot better, he’s much stronger. So there was some limited activity.”
He declined to say whether Trump wore a mask, however.
“[I] can’t be specific, Joe," he told “Squawk Box” co-host Joe Kernen. "It’s the work of the top rung of the federal government.”
“The president, as you’ve seen, has been masking quite a bit. And everyone else who comes into contact in the Oval – the traffic is limited as you might expect – but there are additional precautions, additional measures that have been taken."
But the White House issued a statement on the matter and indicated that Trump was not back at his desk.
“While the President wanted to be in the Oval Office yesterday, he was not there—he stayed back in the residence working from there,” Ben Williamson, a White House spokesman, tweeted just before 9.30 am today.
“Safety preparations have been underway in the event he moves to working out of the Oval in the coming days.”
The news comes after Trump's arrival via Marine One on Monday, where hegreeted photographers from the South Portico terrace and took off his mask at a distance from others.
The president briefly went into the White House complex via the Truman Balcony and reemerged without his face covering.
He was airlifted from the Maryland hospital back to Washington, DC on Monday and his physician Dr Sean Conley said he was responding well to treatment yesterday.
Conley Trump had a "restful first night at home" and "today, he reports no symptoms," with his vital signs and physical exam remaining stable.
"Overall he continues to do extremely well," Conley concluded his statement. "I will provide updates as we know more."
Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and his Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany were all diagnosed with Covid-19 after Hope Hicks' positive test triggered an outbreak in GOP circles.
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