Mark Meadows spoke with New York Times writers Maggie Haberman and Noah Weiland about his upcoming book, in which he discloses that former President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 days before his first debate with Vice President Joe Biden.
Meadows went into significant detail about former President Donald Trump’s health, according to Haberman, who promoted the report on Twitter. Trump has “always been afraid of seeming weak,” according to the article, and has tried to suppress facts about how sick he was in the past.
The former president refuted a detailed New York Times report earlier this year that he was more unwell than his aides had indicated, with low oxygen levels and pulmonary infiltrates, which occur when the lungs become irritated and filled with fluid or bacteria.
According to Meadows’ book, “On Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, hours after the president revealed on Twitter that he had tested positive for the virus, he recorded a blood oxygen level of roughly 86 percent.” That is roughly 10 points below what would be considered normal. Most healthy people have a blood oxygen level of about 95 to 98 percent, although some people may have lower normal readings.”
Meadows claimed that the president’s health has deteriorated so rapidly that the medical staff was concerned that they wouldn’t be able to “handle him appropriately” without hospitalization. “Although the president’s condition had improved slightly overnight, his oxygen levels had now dipped down to about 86 percent and could be trending lower, a dangerously low level for someone his age.”
The only thing they could do was put Trump on oxygen and hope for the best. The doctors asked Meadows for assistance, stressing that Trump’s resources at the White House were limited. He was in desperate need of a hospital.
“I worried that the notion of him going to the hospital, in his mind, would seem like an act of capitulation,” Meadows wrote. “I was right.”
Meadows remembered stepping into Trump’s bedroom and seeing him on the phone. But Trump’s arrival was so shocking that Meadows remembers Dr. Conley declaring, “We’re in trouble.” ” His eyes were red and his hair was a mess “from the hours he’d spent getting Regeneron in bed.”
Trump was so weak by the time he was on his way to the chopper that he couldn’t even hold his briefcase. Meadows paraphrased Trump as saying, “I’ve lost so much strength.” “It’s just that the muscles aren’t responding.”
It’s a scenario that Michael Bender recounted in his book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election. Trump attempted to retrieve his overnight bag after he arrived at Walter Reed, but he was unable to handle it and dropped it.
“When it fell to the floor, the doctors, aides, and law enforcement officers around Trump all seemed to take a step back. It appeared to Trump as if they were nervous about his infection and didn’t want to touch his belongings,” Bender wrote.
In an October interview, former Trump assistant Omarosa Manigault Newman suggested that if Trump wants to run in 2024, he should be honest with voters about his health. She didn’t say whether she was referring to COVID or something else.
“I think going into 2024, I’m really more concerned about the fact that Donald Trump hasn’t come forward and talked about his health,” she said. “I don’t know if he will even be healthy enough to run in 2024. I think he needs to come clean to the American people about where he is on that before deciding to get into a very stressful and strenuous race for the White House.”
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