Donald Trump will continue taking a cocktail of drugs to combat COVID-19 while he fights the virus from the comfort of the White House, rather than the Walter Reed hospital.
The president received oxygen on Friday in the White House, and medics will be ready in case he needs it again.
He also, on Friday, begun a course of remdesivir – an antiviral drug administered intravenously, which was first developed as a treatment for Ebola.
He had his fourth dose on Monday night at Walter Reed, and will have his fifth and final dose at the White House.
President Donald Trump walked up the steps of the White House then paused to take his face mask off before entering
Donald Trump took off his face mask to stand on the balcony, without a mask, with staff members near by
Donald Trump arrived back at the White House on Monday night and immediately filmed a campaign video
The president gave his trademark pose of two thumbs up as he returned home after his hospital treatment
The 77-year-old will also continue to take the steroid dexamethasone – a relatively common and inexpensive anti-inflammatory drug which increases energy, well-being and reduces pain. It was unclear how long he would continue taking the steroid: it is normally prescribed for ten days, because after two weeks effects such as paranoia and anger can begin to creep in.
WHAT ARE THE DRUGS TRUMP IS BEING TREATED WITH AND WHAT ARE THEIR SIDE EFFECTS?
President Trump has been given at least three potent drugs since announcing he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday night: Regeneron’s cocktail of lab-made antibodies, the antiviral remdesivir, and the steroid dexamethasone.
Two of those medications are still experimental for treating COVID-19, and have given emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
And White House physician Dr Sean Conley admitted on Monday that he would not disclose every single medication that the president is currently receiving (citing HIPAA patient privacy laws, which suggests that Trump himself gave Dr Conley permission to disclose some of his medications, but not all of them).
Remdesivir, dexamethasone and the antibody cocktail are all in ongoing trials – but it’s unclear if anyone besides the US Commander-in-Chief has ever been treated with all three.
Those three drugs are ‘as much as we know [about the president’s treatment regimen] – but I found it all really confusing, based on the reports,’ Dr Mark Poznansky, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital told DailyMail.com.
When asked if there was any precedent for treating a COVID-19 patient with all three drugs, Dr Poznansky replied, ‘no.’
‘But the individual decisions are based on the individual patient, and all bets are off when you’re dealing with the president, the commander-in chief,’ he added.
‘The implication is that the doctors believe that the risk of using these is outweighed by the potential benefit.’
And while we have some clarity on the potential side effects of each of the drugs, how they might interact is a mystery, ‘because they just haven’t been used frequently enough…we don’t know about the combination,’ Dr Poznansky said.
But even on their own, the side effects of these drugs could be particularly concerning for the president, considering that the steroid can cause mood swings, confusion and aggression.
The drugs he was treated with and their potential side effects are:
REGENERON’S EXPERIMENTAL ANTIBODY COCKTAIL DRUG
WHEN HE GOT IT: Trump received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s cocktail of lab-made antibodies on Friday.
WHAT IT DOES: REGN-COV2 is a combination of two lab-made versions of antibodies that help block the coronavirus from entering cells.
One of the antibodies in the ‘cocktail’ is based on an antibody that mice produce in response to coronavirus, while the other is based on an antibody isolated from the one of the first US COVID-19 patients.
The hope is that the treatment drives down viral load, keeping it from overrunning the body and sending the immune system haywire, and preventing the infection from becoming severe.
WHAT THE DATA SAYS: REGN-COV2 is still in early trial phases, but the first data from its clinical trial found that it dramatically lowered viral load within a week and cut recovery time in half in patients that weren’t sick enough to be hospitalized.
Regeneron has not yet studied the drug in severely ill patients.
THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: The main concern is these types of treatment occasionally trigger ‘antibody-dependent enhancement,’ which means the intended therapeutic actually helps the virus invade cells.
So far, the trials don’t suggest that REGN-COV2 is causing this phenomenon.
Antibody treatments can also cause allergic reactions including anaphylaxis, as well as fever, chills, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, headache and low blood pressure.
REMDESIVIR, GILEAD’S ANTIVIRAL DRUG
WHEN HE GOT IT: President Trump was given his first dose of a five-day treatment course on Friday evening, after he was transferred from the White House to Walter Reed National Medical Center.
He has since received his second and third dose of the drug.
WHAT IT DOES: Remdesivir is an antiviral therapy originally designed to treat Ebola.
Scientists are not entirely sure why, but it helps to prevent coronavirus from making more copies of itself.
WHAT THE DATA SAYS: Late-stage clinical trials of remdesivir found that patients treated with the drug were more likely to recover within 11 days than those who did not get the drug.
Their survival odds were about 40 percent better. In May, the drug became the first to get emergency use authorization from the FDA for treating severely ill patients. That approval has since been expanded to any hospitalized patients.
THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: It can cause nausea, vomiting, chils, sweating or light-headedness. The drug also may harm liver function, meaning that patients have to be closely monitored.
There was some suggestion the Trump’s liver and kidney function were suboptimal last night, but Dr Conley said Monday the president was just ‘dehydrated.’
DEXAMETHASONE, THE $6 STEROID WITH COMMON PSYCHIATRIC SIDE EFFECTS
WHEN HE GOT IT: The president got a dose of dexamethasone on Saturday after he developed a high fever and his blood oxygen levels dropped below 94 percent on two occasions.
WHAT IT DOES: Dexamethasone is a cheap steroid known to tamp down inflammation. It’s already approved for use in other conditions in the US.
WHAT THE DATA SAYS: Although it hasn’t yet been given emergency approval in the US, dexamethasone is the most promising treatment yet for coronavirus.
In a major UK study, the steroid cut the risk of death by 36 percent for patients sick enough to need breathing machines and by 18 percent for patients needing just supplemental oxygen.
However, it seemed harmful at earlier stages or milder cases of illness: 18 percent of those on the drug died versus 14 percent of those given usual care.
For that reason, many doctors were alarmed to see President Trump treated with the drug because using it suggested either that he was very sick, or that doctors were taking a risk in giving it to him early.
THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: The steroid is potent, and can cause swelling, headaches, stomach pain, nausea, weakness, dizziness sleep problems, vision changes, skin problems, severe allergic reactions including mood changes.
These mood changes include aggression, agitation and confusion.
‘Steroids are always very dangerous medications to use,’ Dr Edward Jones-Lopez, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Reuters.
‘That is why it (dexamethasone) is used in severe to critical patients… There can be neuropsychiatric side effects. These are medications that we use very, very carefully.’
On Friday he also took a one-off eight gram dose of regeneron, a lab-made antibody designed to fight the virus.
In addition, the president takes zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and aspirin, his doctors say.
It is not clear if any of these are deliberately for COVID-19, and whether he was continuing to take them in addition to his other drugs.
Zinc is a mineral that does have a role in the immune system, but there is no evidence that such supplements improve people’s ability to fight the virus.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin as it is made in the skin in response to sunlight. It also has a role in a healthy immune system, but again there is no evidence that taking supplements helps against Covid 19.
Famotidine decreases stomach acid production and is used for people with stomach ulcers or reflux, and there is some suggestion it may help with COVID treatment.
Melatonin is a hormone the body makes in the evening while people sleep; it is sometimes given as a treatment for insomnia.
Aspirin is a pain killer and blood thinner that is used to reduce the risk of blood clots. His doctors failed to clarify whether he was taking blood thinners; there were some suggestions he was not, because his brother Robert, who died in August, had been taking them and died of a brain bleed.
Doctors on Monday said that while Trump was not ‘out of the woods’, they were satisfied he could go home.
They refused to share details of his health, like when he last tested negative, citing medical privacy laws as reasons not to share information like the results of a lung scan.
The president’s kidney and liver function are both good, they said. His temperature on Monday was 98.1F.
The doctors defended their treatment of him and of the decision to discharge him, saying he has some of the best care in the world at the White House.
‘Every day a patient stays in the hospital unnecessarily is a risk to themselves. There’s nothing being done here that can’t be done safely at home,’ said Dr Sean Conley, presidential physician.
‘We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard, because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient that received the therapies he has so early in the course.’
On Monday night Trump walked out of Walter Reed, took Marine One back to the White House – and took off his mask almost immediately.
He saluted, waved, and then started filming a video on the balcony of the South Portico, returning to an executive mansion where multiple aides and household staff also have the virus, and from where he promises he will soon leave to hit the campaign trail.
Removing his mask was a jarring end to three days of drama which saw him medevaced to Walter Reed on Marine One on Friday, revealed to have been on oxygen repeatedly, and treated with drugs not available to ordinary Americans.
Two staffers were visible behind him: official photographer Andrea Hanks filmed his arrival back to the executive mansion with a videographer standing by for a campaign video.
Less than half an hour later the video emerged: a slow-motion, cinematic production showing an apparently vital commander-in-chief’s return, with only the site of Marines in masks giving away the fact that Trump was so ill that he was given oxygen and steroids normally reserved for people on ventilators.
Also waiting his arrival was trade adviser Peter Navarro, 71, who stood at the entrance.
Navarro is himself at elevated risk thanks to his age but he has been an advocate of hydroxychloroquine in the past.
Having gone inside, Trump went back out to the balcony almost immediately, apparently to reshoot the video – extending the exposure of his aides to the virus.
His move was on the day that the CDC officially warned that the coronavirus is spread through the air.
Trump returns to a White House which has been devastated by the virus since he left. Inside the residence is the sick First Lady; upstairs in the housekeeping department two staff have tested positive.
In the West Wing, the Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her aides have tested positive – after she tested negative for days and spent the time briefing reporters without a mask – along with others members of his inner circle.
His bodyman Nick Luna, one of the few staff who moves between the East and West Wings is positive; his attorney general Bill Barr, 70, is self-isolating after going to the unveiling of Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court nominee on the previous Saturday and funding himself at a super spreader event.
Chris Christie, who was there and prepared Trump for his debate, is in the hospital after testing positive. Three Republican senators, two clerics – a Catholic priest and an evangelical pastor – and his former aide Kellyanne Conway are all positive after the same event.
Outside his polls have plunged again, his rival Biden hit the campaign trail in Florida, where Republicans are fighting a rearguard action against a tide of Democratic cash.
Before he left Walter Reed Trump tweeted ‘do not let it dominate your life’ after receiving the combination of experimental treatments.
The U.S. death toll stood at 210,013 and earlier in the day Dr Anthony Fauci warned that the country was ‘not in a good place.’
On Monday evening his campaign released a parody video of the president dodging what appeared to be the coronavirus before scoring a touchdown.
In the clip, which is a parody of a San Francisco 49ers game highlight, shows Trump’s face on the body of rookie wide receiver, Brandon Aiyuk.
The video shows Trump hurdling a defender that appeared to be the coronavirus.
Trump is then seen making a touchdown before being tackled by another player.
The real moment occurred during an NFL game between the 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
The Eagles – the virus – won 25-20.
Trump had walked out of the hospital at 6:40pm.
Before he departed, aides set up lights outside the hospital doors to set the scene for the president’s big moment, giving Trump the dramatic, ‘made-for-TV’ moments he loves.
Trump turned his exit from the hospital into a show of strength, walking out the door and pumping his fist and giving a thumbs up sign as he walked to an SUV saying: ‘Thank you everybody.’
But he was asked by a waiting reporter: ‘How many of your staff are sick? Are you a super spreader?’
He wore a surgical mask.
He was followed by Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, Dan Scavino, his director of social media, and Dr Sean Conley, his osteopath White House physician.
All three of the aides were wearing face shields and what appeared to be N-95 masks. They were followed by Secret Service agents, also in more PPE than Trump.
Marine One lifted off at 6:45pm, and landed at 6:55pm on the South Lawn of the White House.
Marine One’s crew will have to isolate for 14 days, and the helicopter will have to be deep cleaned.
On arrival at the White House, his walk up the stairs was no doubt a show of fitness.
But his flagrant disregard of medical guidelines with his removal of his face mask will add to the criticism he’s faced about how he’s managed his diagnosis.
Trump, 74, was admitted to Walter Reed on Friday amid reports he had trouble breathing and had a fever.
He has received care from the best doctors in the country, and has been driven around in an SUV to wave at fans who lined up outside to greet him – a move that outraged critics who said he put Secret Service agents’ lives at risk for a political stunt.
‘Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!!’ he tweeted on Monday evening, shortly before departing.
‘The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls.’
Crowds of supporters held a vigil outside the hospital, and were rewarded with the drive-by.
People wore ‘Make America Great Again’ paraphernalia, waved campaign signs and hoisted Americans flags.
One woman waved a ‘we [heart] u Mr. Trump sign’ while another man waved a ‘We [heart] Trump’ sign.
Dr Conley cited patient confidentiality laws during the press conference when asked about Trump’s lungs.
He did however say that his liver and kidney function were good and that Trump did not put any pressure on doctors to release him, despite earlier reports that he was ‘done’ with staying in hospital and was ‘demanding’ to be discharged on Sunday.
‘The president has been a phenomenal patient during his stay here,’ said Dr Conley.
‘He has been working hand in glove. Today it got the point, he’s holding court, going over all the specifics, the testing, what the future is.
‘We’ve been back and forth on what’s safe or reasonable.
‘He has never once pushed us to do anything that was not sage and reasonable.’
The doctor said that Trump was ‘a little dehydrated on Friday’ but he was able to recover from that.
‘Everything looks great. There is no evidence of live virus present that he could transfer to others,’ he said.
‘We’re checking him more routinely than waiting 10 days. We will know as soon as possible – then we’ll look at him clinically. How are you feeling? How are you doing?’
Remdesivir was first successfully used as a treatment for Ebola and is now used to counter COVID-19
The steroid dexamethasone was the first drug to significantly reduce the risk of death among severe COVID-19 cases
The president on Monday night returned to the White House, where Melania Trump is fighting COVID-19
Donald Trump arrived back at the White House on Monday evening, taking his face mask off despite being infectious
Fourteen people in Trump’s inner circle have tested positive, meaning Trump returns to a spooked and quiet White House
Fourteen people in Trump’s inner-circle have now tested positive with the deadly virus that has claimed more than 210,000 American lives.
He has been desperate to get back to the White House since Sunday and, according to aides, fears that staying in hospital any longer will make him look weak.
It comes amid claims that the President knew he had tested positive with the virus on Thursday night but kept it secret during an interview on Fox.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Monday insisted to Fox News that Trump was in good health and made ‘good progress’.
He also defended Trump’s outing on Sunday, as have other allies including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Rudy Giuliani.
Meadows said: ‘He is ready to get back to a normal working schedule.’
In a flurry of tweets starting at 6.30am on Monday, Trump boasted about the stock markets, promised to deliver more tax cuts and listed ‘pro life’, ‘space force’, ‘religious liberty’ and ‘law and order’ as among reasons why he should win again.
Over the weekend, Trump released several video addresses where he promised to be in good health despite his diagnosis, and the White House shared photographs of him working at the hospital.
He claims to have been meeting some of the wounded veterans who are also being treated in the hospital.
Marine One landed back at the White House on Monday evening as the sun was setting
Admirers of the president waved and cheered as Marine One took off for the short trip back to the White House
On Sunday night, he made a surprise appearance outside the hospital to thank fans who had turned out with signs, flags and banners wishing him a speedy recovery.
Trump said he was touched by the outpouring of support and wanted to show his appreciation.
But doctors – including one from Walter Reed – say it was irresponsible of him to get into the presidential SUV with Secret Service agents and risk infecting them.
Dr James Phillips, a Walter Reed attending doctor, condemned the president’s Sunday afternoon drive, which violated Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
Before leaving Walter Reed on Monday, Trump said he was looking forward to returning to the electoral fray
Meadows dismissed the criticism on Monday morning in an interview with Fox.
‘The president expressed appreciation to some of the people outside Walter Reed yesterday. Even that was getting criticism.
‘How do we think that he got here? We came in Marine One. The agent who’s been with him… we took additional precautions with PPE.
‘A number of folks are just trying to make a big deal of that when indeed, I know that myself and some of the Secret Service detail are right there with him trying to make sure he’s protected each and every day and that he returns to the White House as expeditiously as possible.’
Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, also defended the outing.
He told Today that the agents involved volunteered to drive him and came under no duress.
‘The president wanted to thank all the supporters. The detail leader and the driver both volunteered for that assignment.
‘They were not required to do that.
‘They volunteered. There was a piece of plexiglass between the two agents and the president.
‘The president wanted to show his supporters how much he appreciated them and show that you can still continue to function with COVID-19. He’s a leader. He wants to lead. This was the president out thanking his supporters for supporting him.’
Donald Trump left the hospital on Monday evening to shouted questions as to whether he was a super spreader
Donald Trump gave the thumbs up as he left the Walter Reed medical center at 6:40pm on Monday
The president, dressed in a navy suit and tie and wearing a face mask, strode out of the hospital on Monday evening
The 74-year-old president walked out the golden doors and down the steps at 6:40pm on Monday
In an interview with Good Morning America on Monday morning, Dr. Phillips doubled down on his claims that it was irresponsible.
‘I don’t know what the benefits of this political stunt were, but I do know what the risks were.
‘My concern is that perhaps the Secret Service agents were inside don’t know the full risk of what they were up against.
‘So far as the military and Johns Hopkins physicians who are taking care of this patient, they’re excellent.
‘But they are also under undue pressure and a lot of influence outside of that normal physician-patient relationship.
‘Influence weighs heavy and when we’re dealing with a highly unusual environment like what we’re in right now, the question is – and I’d love to hear the answer from some military physician folks – where does that line between that physician patient relationship come into contact with the commanding officer and subordinate relationship?’
The president’s team of doctors speaking outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday
Dr Sean Conley would not give the results of a lung scan, citing patient privacy laws. He called Trump a ‘phenomenal patient’
Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University’s Emergency Medicine division, and a Covid-19 consultant specializing on how to reopen safely, said that the design of the presidential vehicle, specifically modified to protect the passengers from attacks, made the drive even more dangerous.
‘That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,’ he continued.
‘The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.
‘Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,’ Phillips pointed out.
‘They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.’
Trump was driven by his supporters where he waved at them from the SUV and he wore a face mask during the short trip
Rudy Giuliani and Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, on Monday defended Sunday’s drive-by
The CDC website explicitly states that COVID patients should stay at home except to get medical care.
In their section advising healthcare workers, the CDC states: ‘In general, transport and movement of a patient with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection outside of their room should be limited to medically essential purposes.’
Doctors said the president’s treatment with dexamethasone – a steroid used for patients who require extra oxygen – is the clearest sign yet that Trump may have a severe case of COVID-19.
Other doctors also took issue with Trump’s medical team’s rosy picture of his health.
‘People can be doing OK, but it can get rocky very quickly,’ said Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.
The experts told the Washington Post that Trump’s medical team has withheld key information about his condition, and that he was on a ‘kitchen sink’ regimen of monoclonal antibodies, the anti-viral remdesivir, and steroids.
‘For someone sick enough to have required remdesivir and dexamethasone, I can’t think of a situation in which a patient would be OK to leave on day three, even with the White House’s medical capacity,’ Robert Wachter, chairman of the University of California at San Francisco’s department of medicine, told the paper.
A second doctor, Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, echoed Dr Phillips’ condemnation.
‘By taking a joy ride outside Walter Reed the president is placing his Secret Service detail at grave risk,’ he said.
‘In the hospital when we go into close contact with a COVID patient we dress in full PPE: Gown, gloves, N95, eye protection, hat. This is the height of irresponsibility.’
And Dr Craig Spencer, an ER doctor who survived Ebola and is currently director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia University, was shocked at the president’s ‘joyride’.
‘Moments after stating ‘I learned a lot about COVID’, the President takes a joyride in an enclosed space with presumably #COVID19 negative people, all while on experimental medications,’ he said.
NBC News’ Peter Alexander said on Sunday night that he had asked why Melania Trump was not visiting her husband, and was told it was because she did not want anyone else to become infected.
‘Reminder: A White House official, on Saturday, told me the First Lady would not be visiting Trump at Walter Reed because ‘she has COVID and that would expose the agents who would drive her there,” he tweeted.
A crowd Trump’s supporters gathered outside the Bethesda, Maryland, hospital – and many were not wearing face masks.
Supporters of the president gathered outside the Walter Reed hospital on Monday awaiting his release
The president’s fans on Monday were out in force outside Walter Reed, hoping to see the president as he left the hospital
Questions the president’s doctors haven’t yet answered about his condition:
Which drugs is taking?
Trump has taken his taken his fourth dose of the experimental drug Remdesivir. He is also taking desxamethasone, a steroid used to reduce inflammation in the lungs.
His doctors revealed after he was hospitalized that Trump is taking an experimental antibody cocktail produced by biotechnology company Regeneron.
Dr. Conley revealed Trump was twice put on supplemental oxygen.
On Saturday, he said Trump was also taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine used for heartburn, and melatonin, which can help with sleep.
Trump also takes a daily aspirin, which can help with cholesterol. Conley said Trump had not been on any medication to reduce fever in 72 hours.
Will his condition go downhill?
Despite Conley’s up-beat assessment, he did acknowledge that his high-powered patient ‘may not entirely be out of the woods yet.’
COVID patients sometimes have a spike in symptoms a week or more after they contract the virus. Nevertheless, he said the White House medical unit is capable of handling whatever comes – an indication that Trump’s team is capable of handling another fever spike, administering oxygen, or even more drastic means of keeping a patient breathing like a ventilator.
The White House medical team can also organize an effort to helicopter Trump back to the hospital if needed.
‘We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard,’ Conley said. ‘Because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient that received the therapies that he has so early in the course.’
‘So, we’re looking to this weekend. If we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief,’ he added.
Conley was referring to doctors administering doses of experimental drug Remdesevir, an anti-viral medication. It has been shown to have a positive effect on patients suffering a moderate case of COVID-19 when given later in the process. In Trump’s case, the president got his first dose on Friday, his team said. He is to receive his final dose out of five from the White House Tuesday.
When did he last test negative?
Conley repeatedly refused to state when the president last tested negative for COVID-19.
The answer is important, both for those who might conduct contact tracing to see who might have been exposed, and to anyone seeking to evaluate whether the White House took the correct response and has been truthful about it.
Trump announced early Friday morning, close to 1 am, that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive.
Trump held back the information in a Thursday night interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, after Bloomberg News had already reported longtime aide Hope Hicks had tested positive.
‘I’ll get my test back either tonight or tomorrow morning,’ Trump told the host.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had already gotten a positive result in his rapid test at that point.
The White House learned about Hicks’ positive result shortly before Marine One took off for the trip to New Jersey, where Trump had a scheduled fundraiser at his golf club, even pulling some staff off the trip.
New Jersey Gov. Tom Wolfe tweeted that the state had identified 2-6 attendees at two Trump fundraising events, with 19 staff members involved.
When can Trump hit the campaign trail?
‘As far as travel goes, we’ll see,’ Conley told reporters Monday.
He said key is confirming there is no remaining ‘live virus’ in Trump’s system.
‘We talk about a ten-day window.’
‘There’s a possibility it’s earlier than that. There’s a chance it’s a little bit later,’ he said.
A sign of supporter outside Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday morning. Fans have been there since Trump was admitted on Friday night
Trump supporters outside Walter Reed on Monday morning. There has been a strong presence outside the hospital since Trump was admitted on Friday night
The fans outside Walter Reed on Monday morning. Some held their hands on their hearts as they prayed for Trump’s recovery
Trump supporters waved American flags and Make America Great Again campaign signs outside of Walter Reed hospital on Sunday
The crowds have gathered outside the hospital to cheer and shout their support to Trump on Sunday
THE TOLL OF COVID FROM SCOTUS NOMINEE EVENT
1. President Donald Trump, 74; 2. First Lady Melania Trump, 50; 3. Fr. John Jenkins, 66. President of the University of Notre Dame; 4. Mike Lee, 49. Republican Utah Senator; 5. Thom Tillis, 60. Republican North Carolina Senator; 6. Kellyanne Conway, 53, Former White House Counselor to the President; 7. Chris Christie, 58. Former New Jersey Governor; 8. Kayleigh McEnany, 32. White House Press Secretary; 9. Chad Gilmartin. Assistant Press Secretary, 22. 10. Karoline Leavitt, 23. Assistant Press Secretary. 11. Pastor Greg Laurie, 67. Harvest Crusades televangelist.
* Bill Barr, 70: self-isolating out of caution.
AT EVENT AND STOOD AT BACK OF ROSE GARDEN
12. Hope Hicks, 31. Counselor to the President; 13. Bill Stepien, 42. Trump Campaign Manager; 14. Nicholas Luna, 29. Chief of Oval Office Operations and ‘body man’; 15. Unnamed White House reporter
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British Transport Police ‘have no record’ of speaking to Keir Starmer at scene of crash with cyclist
British Transport Police said today they had no record of Sir Keir Starmer speaking to them after a crash involving a cyclist – despite the Labour leader’s spokesman insisting he gave them his details before leaving the scene.
Sir Keir, 58, was involved in a collision with the bike rider just after midday in Kentish Town, north west London, on Sunday.
He exchanged insurance information with the biker – described by an onlooker as ‘in a lot of pain’ on the ground – before leaving him in the care of paramedics who were called at 12.08pm, and who then took him to hospital with an injured arm.
The Metropolitan Police Service said London Ambulance Service medics informed them about the crash and two of their cars arrived at 12.20pm.
By this time Sir Keir had already left the scene, which is near Kentish Town Overground station, his spokesman saying later he had left his details with a British Transport Police officer and the cyclist.
But the BTP told MailOnline today they had no record of speaking with the Labour leader and no details registered on their recording systems.
In a statement The Met did not explain how they learned the politician’s identity, but said they left a message at a driver’s home for him to report the incident.
They have not named Sir Keir because he has not been charged with an offence.
It is thought that he was driving a Toyota Rav 4 SUV when the collision happened with the cyclist near one the politician’s local pubs, The Grafton.
Sir Keir, 58, had left the scene in Kentish Town, north west London by the time two police cars arrived at around 12.20pm on Sunday, reports say
Local resident Nicolas Janes, 39, told The Sun: ‘I was walking and there was a bang. A loud bang. I didn’t witness it directly but could hear the impact.
‘I saw what happened after. The cyclist was on the pavement, he was holding his arm. He looked like he was in a lot of pain.
‘There were people helping the cyclist. He just remained on the floor in pain. They looked concerned for him.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline they were alerted by medics.
Pictured: The Grafton pub in Kentish Town where the incident occurred at the weekend
A spokesperson for Sir Keir said that the Labour leader was involved in a minor road traffic accident and spoke to a police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and others involved (pictured: Kentish Town Police Station)
Keir’s crash: What we know happened
London Ambulance Service receive a call to a traffic collision on Grafton Road, in north west London, at 12.08pm on Sunday.
The Metropolitan Police Service is told by medics about the crash and go to the scene at 12.20pm.
By this time Keir Starmer has left after giving his details to the cyclist involved in the crash and a British Transport Police officer, his spokesman says.
The Met are given Sir Keir’s details and contact him at home.
Sir Keir then goes to a police station to report the incident.
He added: ‘Police were alerted by LAS at around 12.20hrs on Sunday 25 October to a report of a road traffic collision between a cyclist and car in Grafton Road, NW5.
‘The driver of the car had stopped at the scene and exchanged details with the cyclist but had left before officers arrived.
‘The male cyclist received a minor injury to his arm and was taken to hospital by LAS as a precaution.
‘Officers later attempted to contact the driver of the car and left a message advising him to report the matter to police.
‘The driver of the car subsequently attended a north London police station.
‘He was not arrested or interviewed under caution. An investigation into the collision is ongoing by officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command.’
A spokesperson for Sir Keir said he had spoken to the BTP before leaving.
They added: ‘Keir was involved in a minor road traffic accident on Sunday.
‘He spoke to a British Transport Police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and the other individual involved.
‘Keir stayed at the scene until the ambulance arrived. Later that afternoon, he reported the incident to a police station in accordance with the law. Since the incident, Keir has also been in touch with the other individual involved.’
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Oxfordshire murder: National Trust killing remains a mystery as cause of death not found
The suspected murder of a female pensioner in woodland on a National Trust estate remained a mystery today as pathologists failed to discover the cause of her death.
A 23-year-old man arrested over the killing remains seriously ill in hospital with ‘self-inflicted’ injuries. He has a police guard at his bedside.
The body of the woman, who was in her 60s, was discovered on the Watlington Estate in Oxfordshire just before 6pm on Friday evening.
Four days after the killing, investigators have not formally identified the victim’s body but next-of-kin have been informed. It is thought the 23-year-old was known to the woman.
On Saturday, police were pictured where the woman was found dead and also at a house nearby, on Hollandridge Lane.
The body of a woman was discovered at National Trust estate Watlington Hill and a man, 23, arrested on suspicion of murder is being treated for serious injuries, police said. Pictured: Police at the scene on Saturday
A woman living next door, Sue Yerbergh, 58, said the owners of the property told her a man broke into their home before they found him ‘naked and bleeding’ in their shower room.
She said a man was earlier seen running through nearby woods towards her and her neighbour’s property.
Police earlier said they were appealing for anyone who saw a man behaving strangely near the Fox and Hounds pub – a short walk from the home where the man was found – at around 3.30pm to get in touch.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Watlington Hill area at around 5.50pm was also asked to contact the force.
Thames Valley Police found the body in woodland on the Watlington Hill estate just before 6pm on Friday and are linking the death to reports of a man seen acting suspiciously near a pub a few hours earlier
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Watlington Hill area at around 5.50pm is also asked to contact the force
Ms Yerburgh, 58, a retired gardener, told MailOnline: ‘I heard someone crashing through the undergrowth, which is very unusual around here. My dog started barking.
‘It was about 5:30pm. He got into the next door house. They were in their swimming pool and found him in the shower room.
‘He had been there for two hours before they realised.’
She said the family were told to leave their home by police after the man was arrested.
On Saturday, forensic officers were pictured entering the property.
Ms Yerburgh said she was told the man ran to her neighbour’s home through nearby woods.
A map shows the Fox and Hounds pub and the Watlington Hill estate where the woman’s body was found
Police were also pictured entering a house near to the woodland where the woman was found (right). Left: Forensic investigators at the scene
Another woman, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I saw him jump on to the car of another woman, then he ran towards the side of the road and tried to get into my car.
‘He ran off and I went to help the woman whose car he’d jumped on because I thought she was a potential victim.’
A third person said the victim was likely to be local to the area.
Graham Skinner, 64, a retired sales manager from Watlington, said: ‘I would have thought they are local, from Christmas Common.
‘It is a popular spot. We get loads of people coming for walking.
‘They would have had to get there somehow.
Police said a man was seen acting suspiciously at around 3.30pm near the Fox and Hounds pub, a short walk from where the woman was found dead
‘If there isn’t a vehicle and if they walked it is a long way from Watlington let alone anywhere else.
‘It’d be along the road, maybe a late afternoon dog walk.
‘I have got to suppose it is someone who knows and lives in the area.’
The Watlington Hill estate was donated to the National Trust in the mid-20th century and is popular with walkers and tourists.
Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown, the head of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Team, said cordons which sealed off Christmas Common and Watlington Hill in South Oxfordshire remain in place with police guards on all the entrances.
Police swooped in on a country home to arrest a man on suspicion of murder after an elderly woman was found dead in National Trust woodland. Pictured: Police at the scene
The body of the woman, who was in her 60s, was discovered on the Watlington Estate in Oxfordshire just before 6pm on Friday evening. Pictured: Forensics officers on scene
Thames Valley Police later said that they had arrested a 23-year-old man, who was seriously injured, on suspicion of murder. Pictured: Police vans at the scene
A spokesman for the police said: ‘The Major Crime Unit is continuing its murder investigation following an incident in the Watlington Hill area on Friday.
‘At around 5.53pm on Friday the body of a woman in her 60s was located in woodland in the Watlington Hill National Trust park.’
A post-mortem examination yesterday failed to produce a cause of death and ‘further specialist forensic tests’ are expected to take some time.
‘Formal identification of the victim is still to be carried out and we will update in due course. The woman’s next of kin have been informed and they continue to be supported by specially trained officers,’ they added.
Police roadblock pictured in Oxfordshire where a man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman
Police swooped in on a country home to arrest a man on suspicion of murder after an elderly woman was found dead in National Trust woodland. Pictured: Forensic officers on the scene
The body of the woman, who was in her 60s, was discovered on the Watlington Estate in Oxfordshire just before 6pm on Friday evening. Pictured: Forensic officers on the scene
‘A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. Scene watches remain in place around the park area.’
Detective Superintendent Brown encouraged anyone who knew anything about what happened to come forward.
He added: ‘Detectives are carrying out a thorough investigation and our inquiries are continuing.
‘We would like to again thank the public for their co-operation and I would continue to ask if anyone has information that they feel may be able to assist us in our investigation please call 101.
‘If anyone wishes to report anonymously they can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’
Villagers in the area were tight-lipped with no one willing to comment.
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Heartless yobs target graves of Ken Dodd and Cilla Black in Liverpool cemetery
Heartless vandals have defaced the graves of Ken Dodd and Cilla Black by spraying ‘offensive’ graffiti on their headstones.
Both celebrities are buried at Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool, which was targeted overnight.
Sir Ken’s headstone has now had to be removed from his final resting place for thorough cleaning, while Cilla’s was able to be repaired on site.
Both celebrities are buried at Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool, which was targeted overnight. Sir Ken’s headstone has now had to be removed for thorough cleaning
Cilla’s headstone was able to be repaired on site. It understood both families have been made aware of the vandalism
It understood both families have been made aware of the vandalism, and Liverpool City Council is working to carry out repairs in a timely manner.
A council spokesman said: ‘We were appalled to discover this morning that the graves of Cilla Black and Sir Ken Dodd had been vandalised overnight. Staff are carrying out repairs.
‘We would urge anyone who has any information about the person or people responsible to contact the police.’
Sir Ken died on March 18, 2018, aged 90, at the same home in Knotty Ash in which he was born and raised.
He was laid to rest, alongside his mother Sarah and father Arthur, in a private burial service at Allerton Cemetery.
Surprise! Surprise! star Cilla Black was buried just feet from her parents’ graves, and her headstone is a marble memorial which describes her as a ‘devoted mother and grandmother’.
Cilla passed away in August 2015, aged 72, and her headstone carries her name ‘Cilla Black OBE’ above the single word: ‘Singer’
Cilla passed away in August 2015, aged 72, and her headstone carries her name ‘Cilla Black OBE’ above the single word: ‘Singer’.
The headstone also gives her full name, Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis, nee White, and gives her date of birth and death: May 27, 1943 and August 1, 2015.
It reads: ‘Beloved wife of Bobby, Devoted mother and grandmother. She celebrated life to the living of it and loved to entertain.’
The headstone also features lyrics from some of Cilla’s most famous songs, Step Inside Love, Alfie and You’re My World.
Cilla died from a stroke at her villa in Spain, after losing her balance and falling while sunbathing.
Her funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, Woolton – where she married her late husband Bobby Willis in 1969.
Shortly after her burial, Cilla’s grave was targeted by cruel thieves who stole a bronze plaque inscribed with her name.
Merseyside Police have been approached for comment in relation to the vandalism.
Sir Ken died on March 18, 2018, aged 90, at the same home in Knotty Ash in which he was born and raised
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