Trump wants to get back to working in the Oval Office: White House

Trump wants to get back to working in the Oval Office: White House

October 7, 2020

President Trump has not been in the Oval Office since his release from the hospital, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday — amid reports that the president was there Tuesday.

Meadows said new coronavirus safety measures were in place for when the president returns to work in the West Wing.

“He wanted to go to the Oval yesterday,” Meadows told reporters. “If he decides to go to the Oval, we’ve got safety protocols there, not only from a PPE standpoint but from a ventilation standpoint.”

He said anyone who interacts with Trump — who announced his COVID-19 diagnosis last week — will wear gowns, gloves, masks and goggles. Staffers are also getting tested daily.

“The president continues to work. He’s in very good health,” Meadows said. “We’re pleased with his progress.”

Meadows’ comments came after White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow misstated that the president returned to the Oval Office on Tuesday.

“The president actually showed up in the Oval Office yesterday with extra precautions with respect to his COVID-19,” Kudlow said Wednesday morning on CNBC. “And he’s getting a lot better, he’s much stronger. So there was some limited activity.”

White House spokesman Ben Williamson immediately took to Twitter, saying the president had actually worked from his residence Tuesday.

“While the President wanted to be in the Oval Office yesterday, he was not there — he stayed back in the residence working from there,” Williamson said. “Safety preparations have been underway in the event he moves to working out of the Oval in the coming days.”

Trump has continued to work even while hospitalized at Walter Reed National Medical Military Medical Center. He was released Monday night after receiving a cocktail of treatments for three days.

Meadows told reporters that the president’s schedule right now is “fluid.”

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