White House economic adviser says Trump has a ‘very moderate case’

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks with members of the media at the White House in Washington, on Friday.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks with members of the media at the White House in Washington, on Friday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany reiterated that President Trump is “in very good spirits and having mild symptoms,” but is making calls from the White House residence and will appear publicly in some capacity in the coming days. 

“We’re having to hold him back a little here, because he’s hard at work. He spoke to Sen. McConnell today, Sen. Graham, I just spoke with the chief of staff and President Trump has talked to him about emergency declarations and stimulus. So we’re just trying to make sure that he takes it easy, but he is hard at work and will continue to,” she said during an appearance on Fox News.

She suggested that Trump will appear publicly in the coming days but declined to provide additional details. 

“It’s safe to say that you’ll be seeing and hearing from the President as he moves forward with his working schedule. We’re exploring a number of different ways to do that. But he wants to talk to the American people. I can tell you this about President Trump: This man loves the American people, loves speaking to them directly. And nothing’s going to stop them from doing just that,” she said.

She was asked about a New York Times report questioning whether Trump should remain on the ballot, calling it a “ridiculous assertion.” 

More details: McEnany tested negative yesterday and today, Fox News host Harris Faulkner said, which McEnany confirmed.

She said she didn’t know when the President was made aware of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis but Trump learned of his diagnosis last night and the tweet was put out “within an hour. 

She said she was “unaware” of Hicks’ diagnosis but “immediately” when she got a positive result, contact tracing was put into place.

“Rest assured, we will always do what is in the best interest of the American people and those around, and I have confidence in the White House medical unit to make the right decisions as they did with Hope and with others,” she said.

McEnany couldn’t say that any protocols are changing at the White House in light of the news.

“We put in place safety procedures, the White Hose Correspondents’ Association has spaces between the chairs, we wear masks in the White House when we can’t socially distance. The president, we make sure we’re always six feet away and we stay away from each other. So we’ll go forward with those same procedures, and we believe that we will protect those here in the White House as we come to work, as we’re essential workers,” she said.

White House staffers, of course, have been observed largely eschewing masks and social distancing during public events.