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MNI POLICY: Trump Leaving Hospital, Doctors Unclear on Details

"He may not be entirely out of the woods yet," Trump's physician Sean Conley says.


U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday he will be discharged from hospital as doctors later said his condition has improved since contracting Covid-19 while declining to discuss some details of health.

Trump tweeted that he is "feeling really good" and said that Americans should not be "afraid" of Covid19 or allow it to "dominate your life."

"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!" Trump tweeted. "I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"

Trump's announcement came just 68 hours into his time at the hospital and before his medical team briefed reporters on his condition and treatment.

White House physician Sean Conley said the president "has met or exceeded all discharge criteria," but "he may not be entirely out of the woods yet."

As a coronavirus outbreak has continued to spread at the White House with staffers and top spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany testing positive, Conley indicated that Trump will not be confined to the White House residence.

"We're going to do whatever it takes for the president" to conduct business "within the residence and the White House," Conley told reporters.

Trump's release comes after a weekend of mixed signals on the president's health. Conley on Sunday disclosed for the first time that the president had been given supplemental oxygen and received a medication that's typically used in more severe Covid-19 patients.

Conley did not answer specific questions from reporters about Trump's treatment, X-rays and whether there is any indication of permanent damage to the president's lungs, citing privacy concerns. "He's up and back to his old self predominately," Conley said.

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