President Donald Trump takes off his face mask as he poses on the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from Walter Reed Hospital to treat Covid-19 in Washington, United States on October 5, 2020.
Erin Scott | Reuters
Former President Donald Trump was more seriously ill with the coronavirus in October than the public announced at the time, a new report said.
Trump had "at one point extremely low blood oxygen levels and a lung problem related to coronavirus-related pneumonia after contracting Covid-19," the New York Times reported, citing four people familiar with his condition.
His condition was so poor that "officials believed he was on a ventilator" before he was taken from the White House to the Walter Reed National Military Center.
According to the newspaper, a person close to the ex-president denied being seriously ill and reiterated the comments Trump made after his illness.
The Times noted that when Trump went to the hospital in early October – a month before the presidential election – his medical team tried to downplay the severity of his condition in comments to the public.