The untold story of Dr. Sean Conley might be a little shady. During an Oct. 3, 2020 briefing on President Donald Trump’s battle with COVID-19, Dr. Conely gave an upbeat account of the commander-in-chief’s health status: “This morning, the president is doing very well… At this time the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made.” The White House physician announced Trump was “just 73 hours into the diagnosis,” which actually differed from the White House’s timeline of events, according to USA Today.
Shortly after the aforementioned health briefing at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Dr. Conley walked back his statement on the timing of Trump’s illness. CSPAN published Conley’s correction statement on Twitter, which read, “This morning while summarizing the President’s health, I incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis and the administration of the polyclonal antibody therapy.”
Adding additional drama to Dr. Conely’s health update came after the AP and New York Times reported a very different picture of the president’s situation. Shortly after the briefing at Walter Reed, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows spilled a differing view of President Trump’s health. In other words, Meadows contradicted Conley’s happy health news.
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Dr. Sean Conley is President Trump's doctor
Dr. Sean Conley serves as the official physician to the president. He is the primary doctor for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Dr. Conley is a doctor of osteopathic medicine, not an MD. USA Today cited UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine and reported that doctors of osteopathic, or DOs, “prioritize osteopathic, holistic approaches to treatment, as opposed to more ‘traditional’ MDs.”
In 2018, Conley was selected to be the White House physician after Dr. Ronny Jackson left the position. That same year, Dr. Jackson told Americans Trump’s weight and expressed concern over it, but also raved about the president’s “excellent” health and genes: “It is called genetics… Some people have just great genes. I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.”
While Dr. Conley hasn’t gone as far as his predecessor to cover up Trump’s arguably unhealthy habits (french fries help hair?), the precedent set by Dr. Jackson is a bit troubling.
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