President Donald Trump is prepared to deliver news of a "major therapeutic breakthrough" for the novel coronavirus on Sunday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet late Saturday. The president yesterday took aim at the Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the agency was part of a conspiracy to slow down vaccine trials until after the November election. McEnany said FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar would attend the president's announcement.
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President Donald Trump is prepared to present news of a "major therapeutic breakthrough" for treating the coronavirus, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed in a tweet late Saturday. "News conference with President @realDonaldTrump at 6 pm tomorrow concerning a major therapeutic breakthrough on the China Virus," McEnany said in a tweet at 11:21 p.m, adding that Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn were both expected to join the president later Sunday. According to a Sunday tally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have so far been more than 5.6 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States and at least 174,645 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. As the race for a vaccine continues in the US and around the globe, Trump has grown frustrated with the FDA, claiming in a Saturday tweet the agency was part of a "deep state" conspiracy and was "making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics." "Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd," he said in the Saturday tweet.
News conference with President @realDonaldTrump at 6 pm tomorrow concerning a major therapeutic breakthrough on the China Virus. Secretary Azar and Dr. Hahn will be in attendance. — Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) August 23, 2020
In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defended the president's attacks on the FDA, blaming agency bureaucrats. "We're not going to cut corners in any kind of research we can do, but what we will do is cut the red tape," he said, as reported by Axios. "And what the president was specifically addressing was something that I've been involved with over the last three or four weeks, is a real frustration with some of the bureaucrats to think that they can just do this the way they normally do it." While there has been no vaccine or COVID-19 cure, doctors have found varying degrees of success in recent months using Remdesivir, which is currently the only FDA-approved drug to treat COVID-19. Trump for months has touted hydroxychloroquine as both a treatment and preventative measure for the novel coronavirus, despite a lack of scientific evidence to support his claims.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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How the White House coronavirus outbreak unfolded from a possible superspreader event in the Rose Garden
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump early Friday announced he and First Lady Melania Trump tested...Summary List Placement President Donald Trump early Friday announced he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, and hours later he was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was treated with at least three different therapeutic drugs. Trump's diagnosis came shortly after that of his adviser and former communications director Hope Hicks and not long before two GOP senators and others close to him announced they, too, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Here's how the apparent COVID-19 outbreak at the White House began, from a possible superspreader event on September 26 to Trump's release from the hospital on Monday evening. Saturday, September 26: President Trump hosts an event in the Rose Garden to formally announce his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Prominent Republicans attended the event to honor Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court at the White House on September 26. Attendees were seen not practicing social distancing or wearing face masks. The affair appears to have been a COVID-19 superspreader event. Tuesday, September 29: Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off at the first 2020 presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace According to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who moderated the debate, Trump arrived at the debate too late to be tested for COVID-19. Trump's family had been pictured in the audience during the debate without face masks, and reportedly neglected to wear them at a Cleveland hotel prior to the debate. Thursday, October 1: Hope Hicks announces she tested positive for the coronavirus Hicks, a White House adviser and former communications director, was the first White House official to announce a positive test. Hicks reportedly traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first presidential debate on Tuesday. Thursday, October 1: Trump attends a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey At the fundraiser, hosted at his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort, Trump told guests "the end of the pandemic is in sight," just hours before he announced he tested positive for the disease. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Trump's choice to go ahead with the fundraiser after Hicks tested positive "put lives at risk." Murphy said the state is working to monitor some 206 attendees and 19 workers to prevent an outbreak. Friday, October 2: Trump announces in an early morning tweet that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 In a tweet sent around 1 a.m. on Friday, the president announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. "We will get through this TOGETHER!" he wrote. Friday, October 2: GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina announce they tested positive for COVID-19 Lee and Tillis, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Friday they tested positive for the virus. Both GOP senators attended the president's Rose Garden ceremony. Friday, October 2: University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins announced he tested positive for COVID-19 Jenkins announced Friday he tested positive for COVID-19. He has since said he regretted not wearing a mask during the entirety of the September 26 event. Friday, October 2: Trump is transported by helicopter to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland Less than 24 hours after he tweeted that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, Trump via helicopter departed the White House for the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to be treated "out of an abundance of caution," the White House said in a statement. Friday: October 2: Kellyanne Conway, the former counselor to President Trump, announces she tested positive for the novel coronavirus Conway announced her positive result on Friday after her 15-year-old daughter, Claudia, posted to TikTok about her mother's diagnosis. Conway was at the September 26 Rose Garden event and was pictured socializing with Attorney General Bill Barr. Conway said she had a "light cough" and was "feeling fine." Saturday, October 3: White House physician Dr. Sean Conley dodges questions about Trump's health at a press conference outside Walter Reed White House physician Dr. Sean Conley on Saturday delivered the first update on Trump's health since he was hospitalized. Conely said Trump was in good spirits and doing well, but dodged specific questions about his health. At another press briefing the following day, Conley confirmed that Trump had at some point required supplemental oxygen as part of his treatment for COVID-19. Saturday, October 3: Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, announced he was positive and hospitalized with COVID-19 Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a tweet on Saturday announced he tested positive for COVID-19, was experiencing mild symptoms, and had checked himself into a hospital as a precaution due to his having asthma. Christie attended debate-preparation sessions with Trump and attended the September 26 White House Rose Garden event. Sunday, October 4: Attorney General William Barr announces he's going to self-quarantine The US Justice Department announced on Sunday that Attorney General William Barr would self-quarantine after Trump and other people he had come in contact with had since tested positive for the virus, according to the Associated Press. Kerri Kupec, a spokesperson for the Justice Department said Sunday that Barr has had four negative COVID-19 tests since Friday and was quarantining "out of an abundance of caution." Sunday: October 4: Trump takes a joyride outside of Walter Reed Medical Center to wave to his supporters Prior to his controversial trip around the hospital, Trump announced in a Twitter video that he was going to "surprise" his supporters who were camped outside Walter Reed. A doctor at the hospital later accused Trump in a tweet of putting the lives of his Secret Service agents at risk. Monday, October 5: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announces she tested positive for the virus In the days leading up to her testing positive for the disease, McEnany on multiple occasions briefed the media without wearing a face mask. In her tweet announcing her positive test, McEnany said she had no symptoms had had repeatedly tested negative before testing positive on Monday. Two of McEnany's deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, also tested positive for the disease, according to CNN. Monday, October 5: Trump downplays COVID-19 and announces he's leaving the hospital to return to the White House medical unit where he would continue his treatment "Don't be afraid of Covid," the president tweeted, despite more than 200,000 deaths from the virus in the US. "Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"
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