March 2, 2024
It’s not clear how serious former President Donald Trump’s condition was when he contracted COVID-19 in 2020, but there were signs he was on the mend when he requested his favorite McDonald’s meal.

It’s not clear how serious former President Donald Trump’s condition was when he contracted COVID-19 in 2020, but there were signs he was on the mend when he requested his favorite McDonald’s meal.

In his new book, Jared Kushner, a former White House aide and Trump’s son-in-law, revealed the moment in which he knew the former president was beginning to rebound from his diagnosis.

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“I knew he was feeling better when he requested one of his favorite meals: a McDonald’s Big Mac, Filet-o-Fish, fries and a vanilla shake,” Kushner wrote in Breaking History, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Examiner.

The book offered few further details on his condition.

Trump announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2, 2020, throwing the country into uncertainty with just one month before the presidential election and vaccines for the disease still in development.

At the time, then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was “nervous” about Trump’s condition, Kushner wrote. However, the book offers few other details aside from the fact that Meadows encouraged Trump to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment.

“As the president recovered at Walter Reed, we all recognized that the campaign would have to wait until Trump was both physically strong and medically cleared to return to the trail,” Kushner wrote. “In the meantime, he spoke directly to Americans through social media to update them on his recovery.”

The former president spent three days at Walter Reed for treatment. The White House did not disclose many details about his condition at the time, although some officials privately expressed concerns about his oxygen levels. However, Trump downplayed his diagnosis, telling supporters upon his return from Walter Reed that he felt “better than I did 20 years ago!”

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“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” he tweeted at the time. “We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge.

Breaking History is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

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