Donald Trump ‘nearly put on ventilator and was worse than White House claimed’

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Donald Trump was so unwell with coronavirus last year that doctors feared they would have to put him on a ventilator, it has been claimed.

The then-President of the United States' illness was much more severe than his team let on, according to the New York Times.

The 74-year-old's oxygen levels were "extremely depressed" at one point, a source said.

Trump had infiltrates which caused his lungs to become inflamed with fluid or bacteria – a condition present in severe coronavirus cases.

He tested positive back in October but quickly returned to the campaign trail.

But his illness was much more serious than previously declared, it is reported, and officials were so concerned by his deterioration before he was hospitalised that medics believed he would need to be intubated.

Upon returning to the White House after his illness, Trump told his supporters he had seen off the deadly virus.

He shouted: “You’re going to beat it! As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there’s danger to it, but I had to do it. I stood out front, and led.”

Trump was airlifted to hospital via Marine One and was seen wearing a face mask as he departed the presidential helicopter.

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He was taken to Walter Reed hospital less than 24 hours after his Covid-19 diagnosis.

At the time, the White House closely guarded updates over the 45th President's health.

Officials only revealed he had received "supplemental oxygen" after it was reported by US media outlets.

Earlier reports suggested that he was suffering from "mild symptoms" but was in "good spirits" as he was taken to a military hospital following the advice of top medical advisers.

The President tweeted soon after: "I think I'm doing very well, but we're going to make sure things work out.

"The First Lady is doing very well, thank you so much – I appreciate it and I will never forget it."

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