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Meadows: Trump Wasn't Furious Over Health Reports

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to the media about US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 05 October 2020 10:15 AM EDT

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Monday denied reports that President Donald Trump was furious at him for offering mixed messages about his coronavirus prognosis. 

"I don't know where anybody is getting the furious part," Meadows told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The president and I have been together for the last 72 hours or more. We continue to work on behalf of the American people. I don't use the word fake news as much but I can tell you that's not coming from Walter Reed or anything here."

Doctors at Walter Reed Medical Center, where Trump was taken last week, said Saturday that Trump was doing "extremely well" and had been fever-free for 24 hours, and the president said he felt like he was well enough to leave the hospital Saturday. 

Meadows, however, said on Friday that doctors were "very concerned" with the president's health.

"I think it's important that we are clear about the risks that the president had," Meadows told Fox News Monday. "The doctor and I talking Friday morning, there was real concern that helped us make the decision to come to Walter Reed. That being said, he improved very quickly. The treatment has been outstanding, he continues to applaud the work of the doctors and nurses and medical professionals here."

Meadows also rejected criticism from medical professionals and others after Secret Service agents took Trump out for a drive so he could wave at supporters outside Walter Reed. 

"We came here in Marine One," said Meadows. "The Secret Service agent that is with him has been with him, he's been with him in cars and yet we took additional precautions with PPE to make sure that they were protected." 

Meanwhile, Trump has been conducting business from a "situation room" at Walter Reed, said Meadows, and people who enter the room are checked to be sure they have on the proper equipment to protect themselves from infection. 

"We are wearing N95 masks," he said. "It's not that you're actually going in a hazmat suit ... I'm in a (business) suit. I go in with a mask and we have eye protection as well."

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Monday denied reports that President Donald Trump was furious at him for offering mixed messages about his coronavirus prognosis. "I don't know where anybody is getting the furious part," Meadows told Fox News' "Fox and Friends...
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