White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Donald Trump’ s health , including a fall in his blood oxygen level , had left the president ’ s doctors “ very concerned” but that he had improved and there was never a risk he would have to hand overpower .
Meadows ’ comments to Fox News capped a day of back – and – forth in which conflicting reports about the president ’ s health created an opaque understanding of the leader ’ s actual fitness .
“ He ’ s made unbelievable improvements from yesterday morning, when I know a number of us , the doctor and I , were very concerned, ” Meadows said .
Earlier in the day a source familiar with the president ’ s health later named in US media as none other than Meadows had given a contradictory assessment stating that “ the president ’ s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning . ”
The statement also seemed at odds with an assessment by White House doctors that the president was “ doing very well . ”
Meadows seemed to clarify late Saturday that comments pertaining to concerningly poor health had applied to the day prior .
“ Yesterday morning, we were real concerned… he had a fever and his blood oxygen level had dropped rapidly , ” Meadows told Fox .