Donald Trump repeatedly asked aides if he was going to die from Covid in the chaotic hours before he was airlifted to hospital on Friday, according to a Saturday report.
The remarkable statement came after a morning of confusion on Trump’s condition with doctors saying he doing well, but the White House chief of staff saying his vitals are “very concerning and the next 48 hours is critical.”
According to a Vanity Fair journalist, Trump asked his aides, “Am I going out like Stan Chera? Am I?”
Trump was referencing his New York City friend who died of coronavirus in April.
Earlier, Dr Sean Conley, alongside nine other members of the president’s medical team, provided an update from the Walter Reed medical center.
Conley said the president was in “exceptionally good spirits” and that Trump had said, “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”
The team also revealed Trump will be on a five-day course of Remdesivir and he has 13 doctors and nurses on hand.
Following the update, Trump tweeted: “Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!
“Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!”
Sources also told ABC that the president rested through Friday evening after experiencing shortness of breath due to the virus.
However, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told a pool of reporters on Saturday morning that the road to recovery is not “clear.”
Meadows said: “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
A person familiar with Trump’s condition also confirmed that the president was given oxygen at the White House after Conley sidestepped the question.
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Source: The Sun