Donald Trump was a lot sicker from coronavirus than previously disclosed

President Trump arrives at the White House after departing Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

This week, a close family friend died of coronavirus. It was awful, and it happened really quickly – from the first symptoms appearing to her death, little more than two weeks had passed. While thousands of people are still dying from the virus every week, there is hope that the outbreak has peaked. We still need to stay vigilant and wear masks and pray for available vaccines for everybody.

I wanted to say all of that before I reminded everyone of that moment when all of us, collectively, were really happy for several straight days in early October 2020. Those were the days when Donald Trump announced that he had caught the virus and, within 24 hours, he had entered the hospital. Days later, he would throw himself a coronavirus parade and he did a series of bizarre photo-ops, but those days were still kind of awful-funny. I mean, the man lied about the pandemic a million times for months. His lies truly killed thousands of people. I don’t feel bad about laughing at Trump getting really sick from coronavirus. Turns out, he was a lot sicker than the White House originally disclosed, according to a new NYT piece:

President Donald J. Trump was sicker with Covid-19 in October than publicly acknowledged at the time, with extremely depressed blood oxygen levels at one point and a lung problem associated with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus, according to four people familiar with his condition. His prognosis became so worrisome before he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that officials believed he would need to be put on a ventilator, two of the people familiar with his condition said.

The people familiar with Mr. Trump’s health said he was found to have lung infiltrates, which occur when the lungs are inflamed and contain substances such as fluid or bacteria. Their presence, especially when a patient is exhibiting other symptoms, can be a sign of an acute case of the disease. They can be easily spotted on an X-ray or scan, when parts of the lungs appear opaque, or white.

Mr. Trump’s blood oxygen level alone was cause for extreme concern, dipping into the 80s, according to the people familiar with his evaluation. The disease is considered severe when the blood oxygen level falls to the low 90s.

It has been previously reported that Mr. Trump had trouble breathing and a fever on Oct. 2, the day he was taken to the hospital, and the types of treatment he received indicated that his condition was serious. But the new details about his condition and about the effort inside the White House to get him special access to an unapproved drug to fight the virus help to flesh out one of the most dire episodes of Mr. Trump’s presidency. The former president resisted being taken from the White House to Walter Reed, relenting when aides told him that he could walk out on his own, or risk waiting until the U.S. Secret Service was forced to carry him out if he got sicker, two people familiar with the events said.

There are still unanswered questions about whether Mr. Trump was already sick with Covid-19 when he participated in a presidential debate on Sept. 29, just two days before the public announcement that he had been diagnosed with the disease and three days before his deteriorating condition forced him to go to Walter Reed.

When Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, tried to surreptitiously tell reporters that the situation was more dire, Mr. Trump erupted in anger, according to people who spoke with him. Mr. Trump’s medical team said that on that Friday, he had a “high fever” and that his oxygen level dropped, requiring him to be administered oxygen. Mr. Trump’s oxygen level dropped again on Saturday. Mr. Trump appeared to still be struggling with the disease when he returned to the White House, where he stationed himself on a balcony in a choreographed scene, tearing his mask off and saluting his helicopter. Doctors at the time noted how Mr. Trump used his neck muscles to help him breathe in those moments, a classic sign that someone’s lungs are not taking in enough oxygen.

[From The NY Times]

I mean, we knew he was incredibly sick that Friday. I still remember it, the giddiness I felt, how much laughter I had in my heart, my soul. And now it seems like he was even sicker than we previously knew. But I think most of suspected that too – we could never get a straight answer about his symptoms or his oxygen levels, and it’s all fun and games until you understand that this too was a huge constitutional issue. The doctors had the duty to inform the public about Trump’s health and they failed. Trump had the duty to invoke the 25th and he failed. Oh well.

President Trump arrives at the White House after departing Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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  1. Big Little Sighs says:

    Good. Even after all of that he was still a heartless as-hole that didn’t care about Americans that didn’t receive the same care. Still flaunted not wearing a mask and actively sabotaged the vaccine rollout denying the help so many people were dying to receive. Piece of sh-t.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      sh*t has more worth than he does.

    • jwoolman says:

      Trump not only ripped off his mask for the photo op, he also walked maskless into the White House and a waiting group of staffers, putting them at risk. Such a jerk.

  2. Merricat says:

    Most people would learn compassion from the experience, but not this asshole.

  3. Emily says:

    Despite being that sick, he used his recovery to continue downplaying the virus. He’s soulless.

  4. Swack says:

    Of course they wouldn’t say how sick he really was. That would have made him look weak and he can’t look weak for any reason.

  5. Pamspam says:

    I’m still bitter that good drugs and medical care were wasted on him. He’s the ONLY person I’ve ever wished dead.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      .. and then to downplay the virus and pretend like it was no biggie… I have no words for how much I hate this POS. He’s pure evil.

  6. Harper says:

    Kaiser, I’m sorry for your loss. The biggest failing of this pandemic was the number of lies that were told to the American public from its onset a year ago. So many lives would have been saved if they hadn’t hidden the possibility that the virus was airborne, or if they had promoted mask-wearing ASAP. Instead, they fed the public insane instructions such as if you wear a mask you’ll touch your mask and infect yourself. It should have been: Save the medical masks for the essential workers but don’t go out without fastening some kind of face-covering for yourself. And of course, Trump was worse than they reported. Oxygen levels dipping into the 80s, and a fever that we still haven’t heard exactly how high it was. What a mess. Every time I see Biden and Jill with masks on I breathe a sigh of relief.

    • jwoolman says:

      Even the oxygen levels in the low 90s they did report signaled serious illness. In the 80s meant Pence should have been preparing to take the oath.

    • windyriver says:

      What so especially infuriating is, not only was there a task force in place for events such as a pandemic, which Trump disbanded – there was also a detailed manual on how to proceed during such an event that had been put together by the previous administration. Biden and Obama did a spot some time before the election, where they discussed it, and showed pages from the manual. It covered all kinds of factors in detail, and made recommendations; things like wearing masks, how to approach airport travel in a pandemic situation, etc. It was all there, ready to go.

      It warms my heart to think of the unpleasant reality Trump’s experiencing right now as he gets further and further away from his time as President, and the spotlight. Once someone like him has been at the top spot, what else is there? (Apparently Melania is bitter as well, about the attention and reception Jill Biden has gotten just in these few short weeks.). Very unlikely he’d be in the running for 2024; too many younger guns in the chase for that. And it’s the little things that burn – no more private helipad at MarALago, Biden won’t let him get intelligence briefings, etc. Meanwhile, his second impeachment and current trial, and still the likelihood of other significant legal and financial trouble to come.

  7. Tiffany says:

    That it didn’t succeed bothers me.

    I said what I said.

  8. Nina Simone says:

    Whatever. He can eat shit. He survived while thousands didn’t – Including many family friends of mine (my condolences to you Kaiser). I mean my friend lost her mom and 4 other family members. Trump suffered from the disease and still didn’t learn a thing. No decency, no empathy. Screw him.

  9. AppleTart says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It chaps my ass he got the experimental drugs to save his sorry ass. While friends of mine who went to the hospital. Were turned away and told “hope for the best”. I 100% believe he had it at the debate and didn’t care (or hoped to) infect Biden. Watching the impeachment trial is so aggravating. Seeing how clearly guilty he is and the GOP Senators are too scared to convict him or endorse everything he did.

  10. Emily says:

    Not surprising at all. I can only hope he is one of those people who suffers from long-term side effects of COVID-19 because he is one of the few who deserves it. There was a long article in the NYT Magazine a few weeks back that had an in-depth reporting about people who had “recovered” from COVID-19 but were still dealing with long-term side effects months after they no longer had the virus in their body. Most of these people were mild cases and I guess Trump wouldn’t be classified as mild. We’ll never know if that’s the case but I can dream.

  11. ennie says:

    and he had the best medical care in the world.

  12. Christin says:

    I remember how many people he potentially exposed during those days and the superspreader rallies before and after.

    History will not be kind.

  13. Izzy says:

    It was very obvious when he got back to the White House and stood on the balcony. He was visibly struggling to breathe.

  14. Abby says:

    It’s really hard for me to have compassion for him or to feel anything but rage at this story. He didn’t magically test positive with no symptoms and then be super sick the next day requiring a trip to the hospital and now—he was actually extremely sick. ::deep breath before I scream::

    He knowingly put SO MANY PEOPLE at risk when SURELY he had symptoms. Like AT THE DEBATE. Including being around BIDEN. None of his people wore masks. Is this considered a crime? Knowing you are sick with most likely covid and continuing to risk other people’s lives? Is this like not telling someone you have an STD and having unprotected sex?

    I’m so mad about this. Not surprised at this story at all, but SO MAD. He cares more for image and appearing strong and never admitting he’s wrong and the damn economy, than being transparent with the people he was sworn to protect and lead about the seriousness of this virus.

  15. Rapunzel says:

    It was obvious he was really sick by the drugs he was taking. They would never have pumped the President full of serious and experimental drugs for no reason. He was either lying and not sick and making his treatment up, or very very sick. And his breathing on the balcony showed he was sick.

    This makes his car ride to wave to fans at the hospital even more sinister. And the ripping the mask off on the balcony looks so much more evil.

    My only positive thought is I think they were pumping him full of drugs to keep him propped up and have stopped now. I suspect one reason he isn’t being seen in public much is that he might be feeling the aftereffects, finally.

  16. HeatherC says:

    COVID-19….you had one job….just One. Job.

  17. GreenEyes says:

    My mother died last week.. 8 agonizing weeks she suffered. If he showed an ounce of compassion or treated the virus seriously so many people would be alive today.. even my mom. But he still continued to downplay masks and encouraged anti- maskers after his recovery. So, as Melania would say as far as Trump & how sick he got- I don’t care… I will never feel any sympathy for him.

    • Hell Nah! says:

      So very sorry for your loss. Hugs and condolences to you and your family.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      oh dear, I’m so sorry.

    • Jennilou says:

      I am so, so sorry for your loss. COVID took my mom in December – please take care of yourself. <3

      • GreenEyes says:

        Thank you so much JenniLou. I am so sorry for your great loss as well. Sounds like your family was like mine. Anti maskers in the family brought it to my mom :(. She didn’t know it. I saw all of them posing on FB w/ no masks (hanging on their necks) in her house while she was in the family room. Next day the sisters tested positive & next week my mom did. They knew masks were not to be taken off there. But selfies were more important. 🙁

      • Jennilou says:

        Have you figured out a way not to blame them for her death? I haven’t. I know that she didn’t go anywhere, they went out all the time without proper precautions. They tried to argue that the one time she drove to the doctor and stopped at a drive-through for lunch is how she got it. Part of me wishes I could believe that too so that I could stop having so much anger wrapped up in the grief, but in my bones I know that if she had been here with me (like she was supposed to be according the rotation) she would still be here. There’s an Instagram picture of my sisters at a bar with no masks hugged up together with a big group dated about two weeks before my mom’s diagnosis. They took it down because I know damn well they know deep down that they did this.

        I don’t know. Maybe there’s no way not to blame them and I’m just going to have to reconcile that. There seem to be a lot of us out there who had a similar experience. Perhaps after the dust settles more people will share their stories and we’ll be able to collectively grieve and try to heal. For now though, it just really hurts.

  18. Annetommy says:

    If the physician was asked / steered to be untruthful about trump’s condition he should have resigned. It’s totally unacceptable to lie about it. That balcony scene…he’s certainly no Romeo. Taking the mask off and saluting god knows what, with a pout/ jutting jaw on his orange face…just horrible. So relieved he got the boot.

  19. jwoolman says:

    Gee, what a surprise.

    It was obvious that he was very sick just from what the doctors and his staff let slip (nobody with those blood oxygen levels was not in the seriously ill category, for example, and he looked like death warmed over in the fake photo ops showing him “working” at the hospital). He likely would have died if he were not the POTUS, with quick access to the best and also very expensive treatments. Most COVID patients don’t get a helicopter ride to the hospital and a big hospital suite and a huge team of doctors and nurses focused on them. Or such pricey treatments.

    Trump also let things slip afterward, acknowledging how seriously ill he had been, while he was still on a steroid high.

    Lying about the true medical condition of US Presidents is an old American tradition, however. So this isn’t just another Trumpy tactic. It’s always a pulling-teeth type operation to get real info on Presidential health. Hence the need for a healthy and competent spare (the Vice President). The horrifying thing about McCain was only that his running mate was Sarah Palin. She was healthy all right, but incompetent and downright scary.

  20. Lizzythe2 says:

    Anyone with eyes could tell he was having trouble breathing when he posed on the balcony. I think those of us that don’t worship this guy knew it was more serious because of the vague responses that were given.

  21. Jennilou says:

    My mom passed away from COVID just before Christmas. It makes me sick to think that he survived it and my mother did not. It doesn’t help that she was staying with my MAGAt sisters who didn’t take the pandemic seriously until they brought it home to her. They were at retreats, church, bars, restaurants – all without masks. They stole my time with my mother, and they stole my children’s grandmother.

  22. JurisGal says:

    This is just great: “I mean, we knew he was incredibly sick that Friday. I still remember it, the giddiness I felt, how much laughter I had in my heart, my soul.”

  23. Shell says:

    Nope, don’t believe he was that sick….really wish he was though….I think it is all something put out there to draw sympathy to him now that his 2nd impeachment trial is underway…..he still wants his people to “like” him…so elicit sympathy. I am burnt out, cynical, and tired of that old orange trash can. The psychopath couldn’t feel or have the decency to say anything for all the people who died due to his lack of action regarding COVID, so may he melt in the fires of hell for all eternity.

  24. Stef says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Kaiser. I mean that with all my 💖