A Fox News host and close ally of President Donald Trump is attacking journalists for asking basic questions about the timeline of the president's COVID-19 diagnosis.
There was widespread confusion on Saturday afternoon after Trump's physician Dr. Sean Conley said that he was “72 hours into the diagnosis.”
A Saturday press briefing by President Trump's physician raised many more questions as Dr. Sean Conley told reporters the president was "72 hours into the diagnosis" of COVID-19, indicating the president may have appeared at campaign events in person after he was exhibiting symptoms of the virus. In a memo from the White House, Conley clarified that Mr. Trump was " first diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, October 1st."While addressing reporters on Saturday morning, Conley refused to say when Mr. Trump had last tested negative for the virus, or how and when he had been infected. If Mr. Trump is 72 hours into his diagnosis, the president may have known he had contracted the virus, or had symptoms, as early as Wednesday. The president met in person with officials in Minnesota on Wednesday and appeared at a fundraiser at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday.
Multiple reporters expressed confusion over these statements by Trump’s medical team. As some noted, if this was accurate, it would mean he attended a campaign event with full knowledge that he was infected with coronavirus.
Conley would later walk back his comments, as well as comments by another physician at that briefing who said that Trump was treated “about 48 hours ago.”
Saturday afternoon, Conley released a memo aimed at clarifying the timeline."This morning while summarizing the President's health, I incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'fourth eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis and the administration of the polyclonal antibody therapy."The President was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening of Thursday, October 1st and had received Regeron's antibody cocktail on Friday, October 2nd."The memo had misspellings, including the name of Regeneron, the name of the company that makes the treatment Trump received. A spokesperson for Regeneron told CNN that the treatment was a monoclonal antibody treatment, not a polyclonal antibody treatment. The memo also did not note that the 48-hour remark was made by Garibaldi, not Conley.
Meanwhile, on Fox & Friends on Sunday morning, host Pete Hegseth complained that reporters were trying to “trip up the White House” by covering the inconsistencies in the timing of Trump’s diagnosis, and said they weren’t “actually attempts to find out what is going on.”