President Donald Trump arrived Friday evening at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the White House says he will remain hospitalized for “the next few days.”
Emerging from the White House residence at 6:16 p.m. ET for his first public appearance since announcing 16 hours earlier he had tested positive for coronavirus, Trump walked under his own power to his waiting helicopter and displayed no major outward signs of illness.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days,” the White House press secretary said.
The move, which appears to mark an escalation in the efforts to treat the president, is being made “as a precautionary measure,” a senior administration official told NBC News.
After leaving the White House by helicopter, Trump tweeted a video in which he said “I think I’m doing very well.”
There will be no transfer of power from Trump to Vice President Mike Pence while the president is at the hospital, White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump “remains fatigued but is in good spirits,” White House physician Sean Conley said. First lady Melania Trump, who is also infected, “remains well with only a mild cough and headache,” he said.