White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says that he and the administration are optimistic about President Donald Trump being able to return to the White House on Monday following his COVID-19 diagnosis.
Trump spent the weekend at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he received treatment for the coronavirus infection.
What are the details of a possible discharge?
Meadows told Fox News Monday morning that the president's health has improved overnight and that Trump is set to go back to a "normal working schedule."
"Spoke to the president this morning," he said. "He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule. [Trump] will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress."
"We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today, with his medical professionals making that determination later today," he added.
Meadows lauded the expertise of the doctors and medical professionals at Walter Reed.
"His treatment has been remarkable," Meadows said. "His strength has been incredible."
Meadows added that Trump is "not only understanding what millions of Americans have had to face as they've come in contact with this disease, but more importantly, the fact that we need to continue work on therapeutics."
The outlet added that Trump has received several doses of Remdisivir, an anti-viral drug, to combat the effects of the coronavirus.
What did he say about the outrage following Trump's trip outside?
Meadows ridiculed critics on Monday by pointing out the obvious: "How do they think he got here?"
"We came here on Marine One, the U.S. Secret Service agent that is with him has been with him, and yet we took additional precautions with PPE and others to make sure they were protected," Meadows explained Monday morning. "A number of folks are trying to make a big deal about that when I know myself and Secret Service details are with him everyday and want him to return to the White House as expeditiously as possible."
As TheBlaze reported on Monday, many of Trump's critics castigated the administration for what they said was the president putting people's lives at risk by leaving the medical facility.
"I would hope that if any harm comes to those agents the attorney general of MD will indict Trump for reckless endangerment, assault (yes the virus he gives off count), etc.," the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin said in a now-viral tweet.
She later added, "The GOP is a death cult. There is only one pro-life party and it's not them."
Despite the criticism, Trump's temporary leave was approved.
"Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do," Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary, said in a statement following the move.