Breaking: Trump Being Taken to Walter Reed Military Hospital


Multiple sources confirmed on Friday that President Donald Trump has been taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following his diagnosis of COVID-19.

Trump tested positive for the disease on Thursday only hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks had come down with the virus after traveling with the president for several days.

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What you need to know

  • President Trump announced on Twitter earlier on Friday that both he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • Multiple staffers have also tested positive for the virus, including Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and one of the president’s personal valets.
  • Vice President Mike Pence and the second lady have tested negative for COVID-19.

What we need to find out

  • Although White House physician Sean Conley announced that Trump would continue to exercise the duties of his office, it remains unclear if Trump’s visit to Walter Reed Hospital changes that in any way.
  • It is still unclear how many total members of Trump’s White House have contracted the disease.
  • The severity of his symptoms at this point also remains unclear.

At 74 years of age, President Donald Trump is at a much higher risk of serious complications from the coronavirus which has now killed upwards of 200,000 Americans.

Other members of the President’s White House team have been and continue to be tested on a daily basis.

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including numerous original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of supervising staff reporter. His responsibilities now include directing the reporting team.
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