President Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump is staying in contact with their three kids and says she’s looking forward to updates in regards to the president’s well being on the information.
“It’s a really troublesome time,” Ivana, 71, tells PEOPLE on Saturday. “It’s a stress.”
“I spoke to all my children they usually, after all, are apprehensive,” Ivana says, referring to Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump — the three children she shares with the president from their marriage, which lasted from 1977-92.
Trump, 74, was taken to Walter Reed Hospital on Friday afternoon after he introduced earlier that morning that he and his spouse, First Woman Melania Trump had examined constructive for COVID-19.
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White Home doctor Dr. Sean Conley instructed reporters on Saturday morning that the president has skilled “gentle signs” so far and is scheduled to stay beneath commentary for a number of days. White Home Chief of Workers Mark Meadows stated Trump’s situation had been “very regarding” Friday and that “the following 48 hours shall be essential when it comes to his care,” The Related Press reported on Saturday.
Information that the sitting president contracted a respiratory sickness has upended an already unprecedented election and got here roughly seven months into the worldwide pandemic, which Trump’s critics beforehand stated he grossly mishandled.
Greater than 208,500 folks—and counting—have died within the U.S. in consequence, whereas 7.3 million have been contaminated by the novel coronavirus.
Trump has stated he purposefully aimed to downplay COVID-19 as a way to keep away from “panic,” whereas being absolutely conscious of the hazard behind the extremely contagious sickness. On the similar time, he publicly defied federal and international well being consultants, flaunted unproven cures and ideas that the virus would “magically disappear,” and as soon as projected that fear over the unfold of the novel virus was merely the Democratic occasion’s “new hoax,” aimed to wreck his presidency.
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In the meantime, Trump sought to safe 4 extra years of his presidency by touring throughout the nation in current months to marketing campaign in entrance of hundreds of supporters—he and them each typically seen with out masks or practising precautionary social distancing measures.
“He was careless,” Ivana tells PEOPLE of her ex-husband. “He didn’t assume it could occur to him.”
The businesswoman and former mannequin says it nonetheless got here as “just a little little bit of a shock” that Trump was contaminated with the coronavirus, as a result of he’s “the cleanest, healthiest particular person.”
“Not healthiest with meals, however very wholesome in any other case—all the time washes his palms and all the time is cautious,” Ivana says. “His solely weak spot is meals. He likes the Large Mac—it’s his largest weak spot.”
On Saturday, Dr. Conley instructed reporters outdoors Walter Reed that assessments present Trump has “nice” ldl cholesterol and blood stress, although he does have preconditions that may elevate dangers amongst COVID-19 sufferers.
“He is 74, he is male, and he’s barely obese,” Conley added. “Apart from that, he is very wholesome.”
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Ivana says she will get updates on the household from her three kids every single day, however says she received’t share additional data as a result of she doesn’t know the main points of the president’s present well being standing.
“I simply hope he’s going to get out of it and be wholesome,” Ivana says. “However who is aware of what is going to occur, as a result of I don’t know something about this virus and no person else does and no person is aware of the way to remedy it.”
As for a way and if this dramatic well being episode will impression her ex-husband’s re-election hopes? “He’ll win,” she says. “There’s no query about it.”
Ivana’s evaluation of her ex-husband’s marketing campaign comes regardless of his self-inflicted hurdles all through the pandemic, in addition to what she described as a “catastrophic” efficiency at Tuesday night time’s debate together with his opponent and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“It was catastrophic on each side,” Ivana says. “Donald was not effectively, and Biden was not effectively in any respect, so it was only a horrible, horrible debate. I don’t know what folks took out of it, but it surely left me completely empty.”
Nonetheless, Ivana is apprehensive first in regards to the president’s well being. “I’m afraid,” she says. “I’m going to be afraid till he will get effectively and he will get out of it.”