President Trump on Monday called Sen. Lindsey Graham from his COVID-19 hospital suite to discuss stimulus legislation and the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
“Just spoke with President @realDonaldTrump and he sounds terrific — very engaged and ready to get back to work!” Graham wrote on Twitter.
“He’s also very excited about Judge Amy Coney Barrett being confirmed to the Supreme Court and focused on a good deal to help stimulate the economy.”
Trump checked himself into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday after testing positive for the serious respiratory bug on Thursday.
Graham is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and expects to begin holding hearings for Barrett next week. Two Republican members of the committee, Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, tested positive for COVID-19 last week after attending Barrett’s nomination event in the Rose Garden.
COVID-19 stimulus legislation has stalled for months, though Republicans and Democrats agree on many key issues and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday indicated she’s willing to begin passing standalone single-issue legislation.
After testing positive, Trump suffered fatigue, a fever and reductions in blood oxygen content. But in weekend videos from the hospital, he said he was doing well. On Sunday, Trump rode past supporters near the hospital in an SUV and waved.
The president was administered experimental “polyclonal antibodies” on Friday to help his body fight the infection and at the hospital has received the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday became the latest close staffer to test positive for the virus. Senior adviser Hope Hicks, White House assistant Nick Luna, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel are among the aides who contracted the virus.