Donald Trump’s bout with Covid-19 was more severe than the White House indicated at the time, according to a new book from his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
At the time of his illness, Trump’s aides gave no indication that his illness was that severe, despite the fact that he was hospitalized for three days with Covid-19.
In his book, Meadows writes that before Trump was hospitalized, his physicians “had decided to put the president on oxygen in the residence and hope for the best.”
Meadows’ book, published Tuesday by the conservative press All Seasons, garnered attention last week, when the Guardian printed an excerpt in which Meadows revealed that Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus three days before his first debate with Joe Biden.
A critic for Kirkus called The Chief’s Chief “a Trump idolator’s dream book. Everyone else should stay far away.”
Trump himself is evidently not a fan of the book. The Daily Beast reports that Trump called Meadows “fucking stupid” for writing the memoir, and on Twitter, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote that a source “close to Trump” said that the former president “hates [Meadows’] book and feels betrayed by him.”
Source close to Trump says he hates Meadows book and feels betrayed by him. Similar to @swin24 reporting this weekend/— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 7, 2021
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.