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WH Chief of Staff Goes Off Record With Reporters About Trump’s Health Before Anonymous Source Says Next 48 Hours ‘Critical’

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was caught on camera asking reporters to go off the record right before an anonymous White House source revealed stunning information on the president’s health.

A source that claims to be familiar with the health of President Donald Trump after his coronavirus diagnosis said the picture is not as good as is being presented.

The statement to the White House Press Pool came after a glowing medical report by the president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali said on Twitter.

“The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source reported.

That is in stark contrast to the report Dr. Conley gave on the steps of Walter Reed Medical Center where the president was admitted on Friday.

The fact that this was given by an “anonymous source” on something so important was immediately met with ire from reporters, one of whom said he would “out” the source.

“You cannot issue a blind quote contradicting a briefing by the president’s doctor while the president is hospitalized with a life-threatening illness. If I’m in the pool, I’m telling the source they have 10 minutes to put their name on that statement, or else they will be outed,” reporter Tim Alberta said.

“Listen, we all who know who the source is. This ain’t rocket science; there’s only one WH official at Walter Reed. It’s unfathomable why pool reporters would agree to keep this on background,” he said.

It did not take long after that for a reporter with The New York Times to out the name of Mark Meadows, the Chief of Staff, as the anonymous source.

“The WH offcial who immediately contradicted the WH doctor after the briefing, prompting that jarring @AP alert: Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who himself was offering a rosy portrait yesterday. When he knew he was on camera,” Jonathan Martin said.

Martin attached a video from reporter Olivia Nuzzi who showed Meadows talking to reporters and asking to go off the record.

“Immediately after the press conference ended and before the anonymous statement was sent out, Mark Meadows briefed reporters without cameras—but he was caught on a feed asking to be off the record,” she said.

“Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was the only other White House official present when doctors came out of the building Saturday at Walter Reed ahead of the press conference,” CNN reported.

Prior to that frightening assessment of the president’s health, which no one knows the validity of, his doctors had another, better, diagnosis.

“This morning, the president is doing very well. The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. He’s been fever free for 24 hours and we are cautiously optimistic,” the doctor said.

“Just 72 hours into the diagnosis now, the first week of COVID, in a particular day seven to day 10, are most critical in determining the likely course of this illness. At this time the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. Thursday he had a mild cough with nasal congestion and fatigue all of which are now resolving and improving,” he said.

The president himself, moments later, contradicted the anonymous source.

“Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!” he said.