President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday "out of caution" following his coronavirus diagnosis, the White House said.
Trump was seen wearing a mask as he left the White House shortly after 6:15 p.m. ET and walked over to his Marine One helicopter. He waved to the press but did not stop to ask questions.
The move, which appears to be escalating efforts to treat the president, is being taken "as a precaution," a senior administration official told NBC News.
United States President Donald Trump boards the Marine One helicopter to fly to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for coronavirus disease (COVID) on October 2, 2020 at the White House in Washington, USA. 19) was tested by the South Lawn.
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"President Trump is still in a good mood, has mild symptoms and has worked all day," said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in a statement to reporters at the White House.
"Out of caution and on the recommendation of his doctor and medical experts, the President will be working from the President's offices in Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the support for both him and the First Lady," McEnany said.
After leaving the White House, the president's official Twitter account shared a video apparently speaking from the Oval Office.
"I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support," said Trump. "I'm going to Walter Reed Hospital, I think I'm doing very well, but we'll make sure everything goes well. The first lady is doing very well. Thank you very much, I appreciate that." I'll never forget it. Thank you. "
The president's transfer to the medical facility occurs less than a day after his diagnosis is announced. First Lady Melania Trump also tested positive for Covid-19.
Early Friday afternoon, the White House doctor said Trump was "tired but in good spirits". The doctor, Dr. Sean Conley also said Trump, 74, had received experimental antibody cocktail treatment and was also taking several supplements.
Conley said the first lady, who turned 50 earlier this year, "only stays healthy with a mild cough and headache".
The president announced his diagnosis on Twitter early Friday morning. He has since stayed away from the social media platform and has been out of sight. White House officials released little information about his health throughout the day.
NBC reported Friday afternoon that Trump had a low-level fever, citing three people familiar with his condition.
US President Donald Trump steps out of the Marine One helicopter, followed by Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, as he arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the White House announced that he would be "for the next time will work from the presidential offices in Walter Reed. " a few days after testing positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, October 2, 2020.
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The diagnosis has raised questions about government continuity when the president is incapacitated. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Who comes in second to Vice President Mike Pence to serve as Presidency, said earlier in the day that "government continuity is always there".
White House communications director Alyssa Farah assured NBC on Friday that "the president is in charge" and that power has not been transferred to Pence.
"It's not necessarily an indication that the president's condition has worsened. I think caution would like to get him to a place where you can have access to facilities in case his condition changes," said the former FDA -Chef Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC.
"What we have seen in older patients with Covid is that they can decompensate very quickly, and they might want him in a facility that they can have if, God forbid, it goes bad medical quickly Resources available, "said Gottlieb.
– CNBC's Kevin Stankiewicz contributed to this report.