Donald Trump grew ‘spooked’ by his coronavirus diagnosis as he began struggling to breathe, insiders said, amid warnings the president’s condition is ‘serious.’ The President of the United States fears for his own health were revealed as he was helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland Friday evening.
Trump, who is set to spend ‘a few days’ at the military hospital, reportedly grew increasingly alarmed as his symptoms worsened over the course of Friday, a source told CNN. The president is said to have suffered nasal congestion that left him struggling to breathe, a fever and severe fatigue.
An aide said that while Trump appears to be in good health at the minute, White House staff are keenly aware that coronavirus patients can take a sudden and serious turn for the worse.
Trump remains in charge of the United States, although the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution may be used to transfer power to Mike Pence if he becomes incapacitated. Pence tested negative for Covid earlier on Friday.
Five high profile attendees – Trump, his wife Melania, Trump’s aide Hope Hicks, as well as Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis have all since tested positive for coronavirus. Attendees were filmed gathered closely in the garden, and were snapped hugging and kissing one another without wearing face masks.
Trump – who is 74 years-old and obese – is in the ‘at risk’ category for serious complications from coronavirus.
His aides say he will continue to work from special presidential offices at Walter Reed Medical Center, with the US presidential election just 32 days off.
Melania Trump has mild symptoms of Covid, including a headache and fatigue, and has not required hospital treatment.
Former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among those who have sent Trump their best wishes, with election rival Joe Biden also wishing the president a speedy recovery.
Voting by mail has already begun for the November 3 presidential election.
Trump’s name could still end up being on the presidential ballot even if he is incapacitated in the coming weeks, sparking meetings in the White House about how to deal with the unprecedented crisis.
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