- ‘…Her oxygen level had now dropped to about 86 percent and the tendency for someone of her age to have dangerously low levels may be low,’ writes Meadows.
- According to a news report this year, which Trump denied, he experienced depressed oxygen levels and fluid-filled lungs while fighting COVID in 2020.
- He was filmed gasping on the balcony of the White House after returning from Walter Reed Medical Center a few days after his diagnosis
- Meadows also touched on Trump’s initial refusal to receive care in Walter Reed
- ‘It’s better you leave here today under your own strength, your strength,’ because I have to take you on a gurney in two days,’ he explains.
- Meadows wrote that Trump tested positive, then negative, for the virus just three days before he took to the debate stage with Joe Biden
- The ex-president’s tune about the book changed when the blustery revelations of his COVID-positive timeline surfaced
Donald Trump’s oxygen levels dropped to low levels before he was hospitalized for COVID-19 in October 2020, a new book by his former chief of staff revealed.
Mark Meadow’s account on ‘The Chief’s Chief,’ going on sale Tuesday, contradicts Trump, who has consistently insisted that his illness was not serious at all.
Meadows wrote in his book, “(Trump’s) oxygen level had now dropped to about 86 percent and could be as low, a dangerously low level for someone his age.”
Meadows also touched on how White House medical officials downplayed the then-president’s well being, and how Trump refused to receive care at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, the new York Times informed of.
Meadows told Trump on October 1, 2020, ‘It’s better that you go out here today under your own strength, your strength, than I’ll have to take you on a gurney in two days.’
The diagnosis came just weeks before the presidential election, with image-conscious Trump all too aware that being seen in poor health would hurt his shaky prospects of re-election.
Donald Trump’s oxygen levels hit nearly 86 percent before being hospitalized for COVID-19 in October 2020, a new book by his former chief of staff revealed. Above, Trump stands on the balcony outside the Blue Room as he returned to the White House on Monday after being treated for COVID, October 5, 2020.
Trump waves from the back of a car in a motorcycle outside Walter Reed Medical Center on October 4, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland
Mark Meadow’s account on ‘The Chief’s Chief,’ going on sale Tuesday, contradicts Trump, who has consistently insisted his illness was not serious at all
According to a New York Times report this year, which Trump denied, he experienced depressed oxygen levels and fluid-filled lungs while fighting COVID-19 in 2020.
Trump was filmed gasping for air on the balcony of the White House after returning home after three days of treatment at Walter Reed.
He went for a drive-by during treatment, waving at passing fans, while Secret Service personnel wearing dangerous gear escorted him to an armored SUV.
The former president was accused of risking the health of staff members who had a drive-by before COVID vaccines were made available.
In October, Trump said Meadows’ book would be an ‘incredible Christmas gift’ for those who ‘want to learn about politics, the truth’ [and] Our great administration.
But the former president’s tune about the book changed when there were blatant revelations about Trump’s COVID-positive timeline.
Meadows wrote that Trump tested positive, then negative, for the virus just three days before he took to the debate stage with Joe Biden.
According to Meadows, shortly after Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID, he recorded a blood oxygen level of just 86 percent, ten points below the healthy rate.
Meadows also described how the head of Trump’s White House medical team, Dr. Sean Connelly, apprised him of the former president’s concerned condition.
“That morning, Dr. Conley pulled me aside and delivered some bad news,” Conley reportedly told Meadows. ‘Although the president’s condition had improved slightly overnight, his oxygen level had now dropped to about 86 percent and this could be a trend of dangerously low levels for someone his age.’
Before being taken to Walter Reed for proper care for his symptoms, Trump was put on oxygen as his medical team grappled with his deteriorating condition.
When it became clear that he needed outside care, Meadows was asked to intervene.
Donald Trump poses on the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from hospitalization at Walter Reed Medical Center for the coronavirus disease on October 5, 2020
A vehicle in US President Trump’s convoy as supporters rally outside Walter Reed Medical Center on October 4, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland
Former US President Donald Trump disembarks from a Marine One helicopter, followed by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as he arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19.
Timeline of Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and public events he attended
September 26, 2020: According to Mark Meadows, Trump’s test is positive.
Former president attends Supreme Court Justice Amy Connie Barrett’s Rose Garden ceremony in what is later touted as a ‘super spreader’ event after more than a dozen White House aides became infected with COVID.
Meadows reportedly wrote that the positive result came from an ‘old model test kit’, and that another COVID test came back negative.
September 27, 2020Trump holds press conference for Gold Star families.
September 28, 2020Trump announces distribution of COVID test kits in a press briefing with Mike Pence.
September 29, 2020Trump and Biden have their first debate.
September 30, 2020Trump rally in Minnesota
October 1, 2020: White House aid Hope Hicks tests positive. Trump announced that he has too.
October 2, 2020: Trump was taken to Walter Reed
Conley reportedly told Meadows, ‘We don’t have the resources to do it here.
Meadows wrote that she worried ‘his perception’ [Trump] Going to the hospital in their mind would seem like surrender.
‘I remembered what Dr. Conley had said. We were in trouble, and the president needed to go to the hospital,’ he says in the book.
Trump first announced that he was taking a coronavirus test on October 1, 2020, when news broke that his aide Hope Hicks had tested positive.
According to Meadows, the former president tested positive on September 26, 2020, but has attended several gatherings and conventions in the following days.
He attended Supreme Court Justice Amy Connie Barrett’s Rose Garden ceremony, later deemed a ‘super spreader’ event, in which more than a dozen White House aides became infected with COVID.
‘I’ve lost so much strength,’ Meadows remembers Trump after getting infected. ‘Muscles just aren’t responding.’
Meadows wrote that just three days before he took the debate stage with Joe Biden on September 29, 2020, Trump tested positive, then negative, for the virus.
Trump immediately denied the claim.
He said, ‘The story of me having COVID before or during the first debate is fake news.
Meadows reportedly wrote that the positive result came from an ‘old model test kit’, and that another COVID test came back negative – the White House never disclosed the first result, and the debate continued.
“Well, right, president, this is fake news,” Meadows said in an interview with Newsmax on Wednesday.
‘If you actually read the book, its context, that story outlined a false positive.’