• US president said the next few days would be the ‘real test’ of his resilience as he battles Covid-19
  • New questions emerge about timing, severity of Trump’s coronavirus infection

US President Donald Trump went through a “very concerning” period Friday and faces a “critical” next two days in his fight against Covid-19 at a military hospital, his chief of staff said Saturday – in contrast to a rosier assessment moments earlier by Trump doctors, who took pains not to reveal the president had received supplemental oxygen at the White House before his hospital admission.

Trump himself offered an upbeat assessment Saturday evening in a four-minute video from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. While sounding subdued, the president said he was beginning to feel better and hoped to “be back soon”.

Trump was dressed in a suit without a tie and was seated as he recorded the message. He sounded slightly congested and short of breath.

“I’m starting to feel good,” he said in the video apparently filmed from his medical suite.

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