President Donald Trump arrives in the Marine One helicopter at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 2 after testing positive for COVID-19. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
CNN received a cable on Saturday sent by the State Department’s Public Affairs Office to embassies around the world to provide clues about what America’s diplomats overseas might say about President Trump’s diagnosis of Covid-19, but there was no evidence of health of the president who was at Walter Reed Medical Center when the cable was broadcast.
The guidelines make it clear that American diplomats are not expected to discuss the details of Trump’s health or the fact that he was rushed to the hospital Friday night after receiving supplemental oxygen after his oxygen levels dropped rapidly.
The State Department referred to a specific quote from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on October 2, before Trump was brought to see Walter Reed, saying that the situation is being “taken very seriously”.
The cable also highlights tweets from Pompeo and the State Department spokesman, both sent out Friday morning, offering prayers to Trump and the first lady but nothing about his medical status.
“May you both have a speedy recovery. Our nation stands strong with you, ”Pompeo said in his tweets.
Many diplomats only received the instructions from their superiors, which they received Monday when they got to work, a State Department official told CNN.
A State Department official told CNN that diplomatic officials had not received instructions on Sunday afternoon on how to talk about Trump’s condition. The cable sent on Saturday does not provide any information about Trump’s health.
“If you followed what happened over the weekend, the information was inaccurate from the administration anyway. So it’s better we didn’t share this with our allies,” said a second State Department official who received the guidance.