White House accounts conflict on whether Trump worked from Oval Office Tuesday

President Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, told CNBC Wednesday morning that Trump went to the Oval Office on Tuesday with “extra precautions,” which he said were “much greater than simply masking.”

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“The president actually showed up in the Oval Office yesterday with extra precautions,” Kudlow said. He said “traffic was limited” during the visit.

But White House advisors gave conflicting accounts of President Trump’s work from the White House after his return from Walter Reed Medical Center as he recovers from the coronavirus.

But A White House communications aide denied Kudlows assertion. “While the President wanted to be in the Oval Office yesterday, he was not there—he stayed back in the residence working from there. Safety preparations have been underway in the event he moves to working out of the Oval in the coming days,” tweeted Ben Williamson

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Wednesday, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said he has continued to work alongside Trump in the Executive Residence and that Trump wanted to go to the Oval Office.

Trump pressed to go to the Oval Office Tuesday and may do so today, Meadows said, adding that the White House has now made arrangements for this, such as providing personal protective equipment and ventilation. Staff who come in contact with Trump will wear gowns, gloves, a mask, and eye protection.

The White House has cordoned off different working groups among staff to try to limit further spread, he said.

“He’s in very good health,” said Meadows. “We’re pleased with his progress.”

Meadows has said that he has continued to test negative despite coming into repeated close contact with Trump.

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