KEY POINTS

  • Trump's most "despondent" moment was revealed in Mark Meadows' memoir
  • Meadows also revealed Trump had dangerously low oxygen levels during his bout with COVID-19
  • The former chief of staff said Trump had been too weak to carry a briefcase at one point

Former President Donald Trump was left looking hopeless after the Supreme Court rejected Texas’ attempt to overturn the election results last year, an ex-official revealed.

In a memoir, “The Chief’s Chief,” former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Trump looked the most “despondent” after the Supreme Court tossed out an election lawsuit by Texas claiming that Joe Biden won in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia through widespread voter fraud. 

The Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit in a brief order issued on Dec. 11, 2020, noting that Texas did not show interest in the election protocols of other states. 

However, Meadows falsely claimed that the court ruled that Trump — not Texas — had “no standing” to challenge the results of the election. 

"If he didn't have standing, I wondered, who did?" Meadows wrote in his memoir, a copy of which was obtained by the Business Insider. “To this day, I don't think I've ever seen President Trump quite as despondent as he was when I walked into the Oval Office in late December."

Meadows also added that the former president was silent for a moment after he was informed about the Supreme Court’s decision. Trump later folded his arms and said, “Can you believe that?”

In his memoir, Meadows also revealed that the former president’s blood oxygen level dropped to dangerously low levels during his bout against COVID-19, sinking to about 86%. That is at least 10 points below what doctors consider to be a normal blood oxygen level. Trump was later put on oxygen. 

The former chief of staff also revealed that Trump initially refused to be admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment and told Meadows he was going to be fine. He later relented after Meadows pled him, according to The New York Times, which also obtained a copy of the memoir. 

On the walk out from the White House to his helicopter that was supposed to airlift him to the hospital, Trump had lost much strength due to the COVID-19 infection that he dropped a briefcase he had planned to carry, before facing a line of observers waiting for him to board the chopper, Meadows wrote. 

Trump first tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his presidential debate with Joe Biden on Sept. 26, 2020.

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