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Trump's doctor walks back '72 hours' Covid diagnosis timeline

Here are the latest updates on President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis.

President Donald Trump's physicians provided more confusion than clarity during a press conference Saturday morning after the president was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday night.

The doctors offered different timelines on when Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19 and when he began treatment. They also painted an optimistic picture of the president's health, which was almost immediately contradicted by a White House source who described the president's vitals over the past 24 hours as "very concerning."

Trump's coronavirus diagnosis has thrown his campaign into confusion with four weeks before the Nov. 3 election. A number of people connected to Trump or White House events have also tested positive for the coronavirus. Among them were former aide Kellyanne Conway, three Republican senators, and campaign manager Bill Stepien.

This live coverage has ended. Continue reading news from Sunday on the president's condition.

McConnell announces the Senate will not return until Oct. 19, Barrett confirmation hearings to go on as planned

After news that three GOP senators tested positive for Covid-19, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in a statement Saturday that the Senate will not come back into session until Oct. 19. 

"On Monday, I intend to obtain a consent agreement for the Senate to meet in pro forma sessions for the next two weeks. Previously-scheduled floor activity will be rescheduled until after October 19th," McConnell said. 

The Senate had originally been scheduled to return to Washington next week.

The confirmation hearing process for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett will go on as planned, however, with the Senate Judiciary Committee convening on Oct. 12, McConnell said. 

"The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out by Chairman Graham," he said.

McConnell, R-Ky., also said that "all Republican members of the committee will participate in these important hearings," which can be done virtually. 

Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, two members of the panel, announced Friday that they tested positive for the coronavirus. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who does not sit on the committee, announced Saturday that he, too, has tested positive for the disease.

Trump's physician raises questions over diagnosis timeline

Dr. Sean Conley raised some significant questions as to when President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

"He's 72 hours into his diagnosis now," Conley said Saturday morning.

However, it has only been 36 hours since Trump notified the public that he had tested positive. According to Conley's timeline, Trump would have been diagnosed sometime Wednesday.

If Conley's timeline holds, it would mean Trump withheld his diagnosis from the public for more than 24 hours and that he attended a private fundraiser at his New Jersey resort Thursday afternoon and a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday knowing he was ill.

Doctors say no estimated date for when Trump can leave hospital

"I don't want to put a hard date on that," President Donald Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said Saturday morning when asked by reporters when the president could be discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Conley emphasized that Trump was doing "well" but, given the course of the illness, it was too soon to say if the president was out of the woods.

Attorney General William Barr tests negative this morning

Attorney General William Barr was tested for coronavirus again Saturday morning and, according to a Justice Department spokesperson, tested negative.

Chris Christie, who helped Trump prep for debate, tests positive for coronavirus

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tested positive for the coronavirus, he confirmed on Twitter on Saturday, after having spent days helping President Donald Trump prepare for Tuesday's debate. 

Christie is the latest in a series of current and former officials who were near Trump in the past week to test positive for the disease. He told ABC News on Friday that during debate preparation with Trump, no one wore masks, including himself and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has said he tested negative on Friday.

Christie, who is overweight, was hospitalized in 2011 after having a severe asthma attack.

 

Trump has been 'fever-free' for over 24 hours, hasn't need supplemental oxygen at hospital

President Donald Trump has been fever-free for over 24 hours and has not needed supplemental oxygen since being hospitalized, his doctors told reporters outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

"It's important to note the president has been fever-free for over 24 hours. We remain cautiously optimistic. But he's doing great," said Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician for the president. 

Conley said his medical team is "extremely happy with the progress the president has made."

"Thursday, he had a mild cough and some nasal congestion and fatigue, all of which are now resolving and improving," he said.

Dr. Sean Dooley told reporters, "We have monitored his cardiac function, his kidney function is, his liver function, all of those are normal. And the president this morning is not on oxygen, not having difficulty breathing or walking around the White House medical unit upstairs."

Asked if the president has needed oxygen, Conley said, "He's not on oxygen right now. That's right." 

Pressed again to answer the question, Conley only said, "He's not needed any this morning at all. That's right."

Conley did not say whether the president previously needed supplemental oxygen or if he had any lung damage.

Pence still planning to travel to Utah for vice presidential debate

Mike Pence is still planning to travel to Salt Lake City on Monday ahead of the vice presidential debate against Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday, two White House officials tell NBC News.

Pence is then set to hold a campaign event in Peoria, Arizona, on Thursday, the day after the debate.

President Donald Trump was originally scheduled to campaign in Arizona on Monday and Tuesday, before canceling due to his positive Covid-19 diagnosis.

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence both test negative this morning

Both Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, have been tested again this morning for the coronavirus and received negative test results, a White House official told NBC News.

McConnell refuses to say if he's been tested recently

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to say Friday whether he’s recently been tested for the coronavirus, despite a growing number of positive tests in the White House and among Republicans.

"Have I ever been tested? Yes," McConnell told reporters who asked repeatedly. "I'm not gonna answer questions about when. We are following the guidelines that we were given by the CDC."

McConnell spoke at the Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown, Kentucky, touring the facility he’d helped secure federal funding for through the CARES Act.

The Republican leader also said he had not met recently with the president, first lady or other people who have recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

How three GOP senators recovering from the coronavirus could potentially delay Barrett's confirmation

With three Republican senators testing positive for Covid-19, the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett could be delayed this month.

Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee tasked with considering the nomination, announced Friday that they tested positive for the disease. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who is not a member of that panel, has also tested positive, his spokesman said Saturday morning. 

None of the senators have indicated the severity of their cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals isolate for at least 10 days after testing positive.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., plans to hold hearings for Barrett’s confirmation during the week of Oct.12.

Graham tweeted Friday night, “Any Senator who wants to participate virtually will be allowed to do so.” He added that he had spoken to Lee by phone and said, “He's in good spirits and on the mend.”

Graham has also said he aims to hold the committee’s vote to advance Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate on Oct. 22. If both Lee and Tillis were unable to be present for the vote, either Republicans could postpone the vote or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., could automatically advance the nomination to the floor.

In the full Senate, however, if Lee, Tillis and Johnson are unable to be present in Washington for the final confirmation vote, which requires a 51-vote majority, it could further delay the process.

The GOP has 53-47 majority in the Senate, so McConnell can only lose three votes. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have already said they oppose voting before Election Day. If two of the three sick senators were unable to vote, it could delay confirmation until after the Nov. 3 election.

Melania Trump's 'symptoms have not worsened'

From the first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham: 

“Mrs. Trump is doing well. Her symptoms have not worsened and she continues to rest. She remains in touch with her husband. She is thinking of all who are ill and wishes them a speedy recovery.”