He is, or he isn’t

Trump is doing very well, unless he’s doing very badly. It’s one of those. Maybe.

Today, when we saw the doctors line up outside Walter Reed in their white lab coats, we thought we might finally get clarity. The picture painted by the White House physician, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, was rosy: Trump was in good spirits — so good, apparently, he had been fever-free for 24 hours, and felt he could have walked out of Walter Reed today.

But that wouldn’t mean anything even if it were true, which it probably isn’t. People mostly don’t feel terrible at the beginning.

Anyway, they changed their story.

The White House reporter on pool duty — traveling with the president and delivering official dispatches to reporters at numerous outlets — sent this dispatch, quoting “a source familiar with the president’s health”:

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.

What is all this gobbledygook? Of course they’re not on a clear path to a full recovery, because this virus doesn’t work like that. This isn’t medical talk, it’s PR talk.

Anyway, the core point is that the White House is bullshitting us. Gee, you don’t say.

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