WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?
We now have had three different versions of when Trump was diagnosed from the White House, ranging from Wednesday morning to Friday at 1am. The White House has also not said what 'diagnosed' means – it could mean spotting clinical symptoms or testing positive.
The White House first announced Donald Trump’s positive test result – and that of the first lady – at 1am EST on Friday morning.
But Dr. Sean Conley said on Saturday morning just before midday that the president was '72 hours into the diagnosis'.
That's hours before he flew to Minnesota for an indoors fundraiser and outdoors rally in Duluth, and one day before he attended an indoor fundraiser at Trump's golf course and country club Bedminster, New Jersey.
There were reportedly 100 people in attendance and Trump reportedly met about 19 high-dollar GOP donors in private. He was reportedly 'lethargic' at that fundraiser.
If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday
The crowd that gathered for Trump's rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above
Dr. Conley then offered a different version saying that on Thursday afternoon 'we repeated testing' and Trump was given a PCR test – the most accurate kind because he 'gave a kind of clinical indication.'
He did not say if that was before or after he flew to New Jersey for an indoors fundraiser.
Trump himself told Sean Hannity shortly after 9pm that night that he was waiting for a test.
After Conley spoke a White House source said ‘on background’: ‘The doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs. Diagnosis made Thursday night.’
Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis and treatment.
Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis
'The president was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening on Thursday October 1st and had received Regeron’s antibody cocktail on Friday October 2nd,' he clarified.
A Regeneron spokesperson said Conley was also incorrect by calling it polyclonal antibody theory in his memo.
'It is two monoclonal antibodies. It was incorrect in the physician’s letter,' Regeneron spokesperson Hala Mirza told CBS News.
When asked point blank Conley refused to share the date of Trump's last negative COVID-19 test.
WHY DID A WHITE HOUSE SOURCE IMMEDIATELY CONTRADICT HIS DOCTOR?
A White House official said immediately after Conley's press conference Saturday that the doctor misspoke in saying Trump was '72 hours' into his diagnosis.
The official said Conley was wrong and Trump was diagnosed Thursday night and treatment began that night.
WHEN PRECISELY WERE SYMPTOMS FIRST DETECTED AND WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE TESTED?
There is no clarity over when Trump was last tested before his positive result. Dr. Conley repeated the White House claim that he is tested 'frequently' but did not say what that meant. They have never said if he was routinely given the less accurate Abbott Labs 15 minute test or the advanced PCR test.
When he arrived at Tuesday’s presidential debate Trump was too late to be tested by the Cleveland Clinic. Moderator Chris Wallace said there was an 'honor system' for the candidates; Trump’s team told the Debate Commission he was negative. That night he flew home on Air Force One from the presidential debate and aides said he was tired but decided it was because of the debate. But lethargy is symptom – and it is unknown if doctors took note of it.
Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving the Trump fundraiser (left) and took video of the president's helicopter Marine One lifting off (right)
As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)
Then Dr. Conley initially said Trump was diagnosed '72 hours' before the Saturday statement which would mean Wednesday morning.
Trump went to Minnesota on Wednesday for a fundraiser in Minneapolis and a rally in Duluth, where he spoke for 45 minutes, far less than his usual performances of more than an hour. Then he fell asleep on Air Force One in contrast to normally watching television and tweeting. But it is unknown if this was seen as a possible symptom at the time.
Hope Hicks’ positive result came on Thursday morning but nobody has said if Trump was tested as soon as it was given or if it was until late Thursday afternoon that he was given a full nasal swab.
WHEN WAS HE FIRST TREATED FOR COVID?
Dr. Sean Conley said Saturday that he was speaking '48 hours after' the first Regenron treatment was given to Trump. That would mean on Thursday morning.
And another doctor – Brian Garibaldi – said: 'About 48 hours ago the president received a special antibody therapy directed against the coronavirus. We are working very closely with the company to monitor him in terms of that outcome. Yesterday evening he received his first dose of IV Remdesvir.'
But the public were not told he was even ill until Friday at 1am, and no drug treatment was disclosed until Friday afternoon.
After Dr. Conley spoke, a White House source spoke 'on background' and said: 'The Doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs, Regeneron administered later that night (2 days ago), not 48hrs ago.'
Then in a statement Dr. Conley said Regenron was first administered on Friday – but not when. That means two doctors are now being said by the White House to have misspoken.
DO WE KNOW ALL THE PRESIDENT’S UNDERYING CONDITIONS?
We do not know if we do. The last medical report in June said he was clinically obsess but had health cholesterol, resting heart rate and blood pressure., normal kidney, liver and thyroid function, normal blood count and normal Vitamin V12 and Vitamin D levels. ,
But the White House has never explained fully his mystery trip to Walter Reed in November 2019 when Mike Pence was told to be on 'standby' to assume the powers of the presidency.
Since then Trump’s struggle to walk down a ramp at West Point and his strange drinking of water with two hands has been the subject of widespread speculation about cognitive issues. He has denied having 'a series of mini-strokes' in an angry tweet but his physician has never fully addressed the visit or his cognitive state.
Trump is at a is 74 years old and at 244lbs and 6ft 3, is technically obese which puts him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus.
Older men are at great risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 and are twice as likely to die than women of the same age, according to an analysis by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
When asked about any other risk factors Conley said Trump is overall healthy, saying his health and cholesterol are 'great'.
DID HE GO TO ANY EVENTS WHEN DOCTORS SUSPECTED HE WAS UNWELL OR HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CLINICAL SYMPTOMS OF COVID?
The White House doctors and series of statements offer no insight into when Trump first felt unwell; when