White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News Monday that President Donald Trump’s condition amid his COVID-19 diagnosis is still improving and he’s “optimistic” that Trump “will be able to return to the White House later today,” according to Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts. Trump’s doctors also said the President could be released Monday if his condition continued to improve.
The President began his treatment shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and after he was transferred from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday. During his treatment at the hospital, Trump has received a cocktail of drugs including the anti-viral medication Remdesivir, monoclonal antibodies, and an anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone. Trump also reportedly briefly received oxygen when his levels dropped on Friday.
Trump has been in good spirits and is still working in his official capacity, according to his doctors and the President himself, who has been delivering messages to his Twitter followers in videos he’s posted to his Twitter profile throughout the weekend. Trump also surprised a number of his supporters stationed outside of the hospital Sunday with a motorcade drive by.
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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
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