"This morning the president is doing very well," Dr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, said in an update on the president's condition at Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday.
The president told his team, and the doctors: "I feel like I could walk out of here today."
Despite that, a person familiar with the situation told reporters Saturday that the president is not yet on a clear route to recovery from COVID-19 and some of his vital signs over the past 24 hours were very concerning.
The source, who asked not to be identified, said the next 48 hours will be crucial in understanding Trump’s situation.The assessment seemed at odds with that of Trump's doctor during a brief press conference.
Dr. Conley said the president's medical team is "extremely happy" with the president's progress.
The vital organs are all functioning normally and he is not oxygen with an oxygen saturation level of 96%, which is normal, according to Dr. Conley.
The president has been encouraged to get "up and out of bed" and has been "fever free for 24 hours."
"Right now all indicators are he will not need oxygen going forward," Dr. Conley said.
He has not experienced difficulty breathing, he added.
Doctors said Saturday that Trump was not on supplemental oxygen, and while he had exhaustion, nasal congestion, and coughing, his symptoms are now resolving and improving.
Dr. Conley, Trump’s physician, declined to say whether Trump had been on supplemental oxygen at any point during his illness, saying he was not on it Saturday or Thursday or Friday while he was with the medical team from Walter Reed Medical Center.
Trump was transferred to the military hospital on Friday afternoon in what doctors say was an insurance after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. He has not shifted powers.
Conley says the president has "a lot of work to do" and is doing it.
"He's in exceptionally good spirits," said another doctor, Sean Dooley.
In a memo released shortly before midnight, Conley did report Trump had been treated at the hospital with remdesivir, an antiviral medication that has been endorsed by many in the administration, after taking another experimental drug at the White House.
The White House said Trump was expected to stay at the hospital for "a few days" and he would continue to work from the hospital's presidential suite, which is prepared to allow him to keep up his official duties. In addition to accessibility to tests and equipment, the decision was made, with the comprehension that moving him later, if he took a turn for the worse, could send a concerning signal.