President Donald Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, is being blasted after briefing the press in what many see as his most evasive news conference to date. President Trump announced minutes before the briefing began that he was leaving Walter Reed and dangerously told Americans to "not be afraid of COVID."
Dr. Conley admitted Trump is not cured, and is still in danger, but is being released anyway. And he repeatedly praised the president.
“He may not be entirely out of the woods yet” https://t.co/Mm4ieQRzRh— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1601925311.0
Dr. Conley refused to answer many reporters' questions, including when Trump's last negative test was, what his viral load is, how high his fever was, why he was not prescribed hydroxychloroquine, or even if Trump will be confined to the residence.
Asked when Pres. Trump's last negative COVID-19 test was, Dr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, says, "I don… https://t.co/Nvvo7bPUim— ABC News (@ABC News)1601925985.0
What Conley won't say seems more important than what he will say, which isn't much. He won't say whether Trump has… https://t.co/Vxlcl7t6gv— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1601926217.0
Even medical professionals blasted and corrected him.
"This president's been the purveyor of super-spreader events for weeks," said Dr. Irwin Redlener on MSNBC after Conley's presser.
Dr. Conley just said that POTUS has not been on fever-reducing medications for 72 hours. That is wrong. Dexamethaso… https://t.co/G5ZV55J75g— Céline Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA (@Céline Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA)1601926029.0
Very few, it seems, believe Conley's performance, with some calling him a "propagandist" and others accusing him of "lying."
We repeatedly asked Dr Conley when Trump had his last negative coronavirus test. Wednesday? Thursday? He declined… https://t.co/3O3Eokv0zB— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1601926256.0
Dr Conley has proven that he is not credible— John Harwood (@John Harwood)1601925853.0
Unbelievable — Trump’s medical team is STILL refusing to answer when Trump had his last negative COVID test. It’s o… https://t.co/0CXUNLBOVA— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott)1601925589.0
Asked why they didn’t treat Trump with hydroxychloroquine (the medication Trump repeatedly touted and says he previ… https://t.co/wviyfQlrXS— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1601926210.0
Imagine a licensed Dr stating he’s “not going to get into” Trumps dangerous tweet about #COVID19 ALL DOCTORS take… https://t.co/clTYy7PNZc— John Steen (@John Steen)1601926211.0
Conley behaves more like a political operative than a physician— John Harwood (@John Harwood)1601926114.0
Conley won't tell us when Trump's last negative test was, what drugs he's on, if he has pneumonia, if there were an… https://t.co/LXbyekQrVo— Jesse Lehrich (@Jesse Lehrich)1601926334.0
@maddow Doctor as propagandist.— gingeek 🌊🌊DEM #Resist🌈 (@gingeek 🌊🌊DEM #Resist🌈)1601926807.0