Donald Trump ‘clearly in distress with breathing’ in White House balcony appearance
Donald Trump looked to be “in distress with his breathing” in his White House balcony appearance following his return from hospital.
A doctor analysing the footage said ‘he did not look better’ after being discharged.
Dr Zoe Norris claimed he opened his mouth at one point to take a gasp of air and keep his lungs ‘fuller than normal’.
Trump arrived at the White House on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle in which he descended from his Marine One helicopter wearing a white surgical mask only to remove it as he posed, saluting and waving, on the mansion’s South Portico.
But Dr Norris, from East Yorkshire, told BBC Breakfast that Trump did not look well in the footage from the White House.
She said: “If you look at the video from the balcony of the White House he is clearly in some distress with his breathing.
“That is not a man who is better.”
She added: “He’s very braced, his shoulders are very square because he’s trying to keep his lungs slightly inflated and not let them go down and then he’s pulling on the neck as well.
“You can see at one moment he opens his mouth to take a gasp to try and keep those lungs a little bit fuller than normal, so it’s very clear from a medical point of view.”
The US President faced fresh backlash today for removing his mask when he returned to the White House following his coronavirus battle.
He urged Americans not to fear the disease – that has killed more than 209,000 people in the country and put him in hospital.
“Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it,” Trump said in a video after his return from the Walter Reed Medical Center military hospital outside Washington where he was treated.
“I’m better, and maybe I’m immune – I don’t know,” he added, flanked by American flags and with the Washington Monument in the background. “Get out there. Be careful.”
Trump, who was treated by an army of doctors and received experimental treatment, has repeatedly played down a disease that has killed more than 1 million people worldwide and left his own country with the highest death toll in the world.
“I was aghast when he said Covid should not be feared,” said William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
“This is a disease that is killing around a thousand people a day, has torpedoed the economy, put people out of work.
“This is a virus that should be both respected and feared,” he added.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said every precaution was being taken to protect the president and his family.
Physical access to Trump would be limited and appropriate protective equipment would be worn by those near him.
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