President Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office on Wednesday while recuperating from COVID-19, where he was briefed on coronavirus stimulus talks and the latest hurricane to threaten U.S. shores, according to a spokesman, Brian Morgenstern.
Trump’s doctor said earlier that he hadn’t experienced any symptoms of the disease in 24 hours. He was discharged from the hospital after three days of treatment on Monday.
Trump announced Tuesday that he had pulled out of stimulus talks with House Democrats, after failing to bridge differences between their $2 trillion bill and Senate Republicans, many of whom want to spend far less money.
It wasn’t clear what he was briefed on Wednesday, though he has also said he’d like narrower measures to provide money to airlines, small businesses and individual Americans.
“The stimulus negotiations are off,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters earlier Wednesday. “Obviously we’re looking at the potential for standalone bills.”
He also said that if Trump returned to the Oval Office, “we’ve got safety protocols there, that are not only from a PPE standpoint but from a ventilation standpoint in the Oval, where we can actually work to that end as well.”
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