During the modern history of the United States, many American presidents have suffered due to serious diseases that threatened their lives and political career, so the current President Donald Trump, who is currently undergoing treatment after contracting the Coronavirus, is not considered an exception.
The French newspaper Le Point published an article by journalist Francois Guillaume Lorraine highlighting a long list of presidents who were seriously ill during their rule of the United States, which killed some of them during their presidential terms, and forced some to waive their presidential term. Other.
The article included an opinion by journalist Maureen Piccard, a specialist in American history, who said that a “real curse” hit the White House in the 1940’s, when gastroenteritis killed 3 presidents in a few years, as William Harrison died of his illness in 1841 after only one month. Who took power, followed by James Bock in 1849, and his successor, Zachary Taylor, in 1850.
Picard is likely that the reason for the infection of the three presidents with gastroenteritis was the polluted water under the White House and the poor water supply, and disease and deaths have stopped once the sewage network was established.
Outbreak Anonymous Wilson 60 days
According to the article, the case closest to Trump’s infection with Corona, was former President Thomas Wilson’s infection with the Spanish flu, which spread around the world in the aftermath of World War I, and it is likely that Wilson had been infected during the peace conference negotiations in Versailles in the spring of 1919.
However, the epidemic was not the only common point between Trump and Wilson, according to the writer, as Wilson was working to persuade his citizens to pressure Congress to ratify the Treaty of Versailles and his project to establish the League of Nations, just as Trump is now trying to convince the American people to elect him for a period. Second presidential term.
On the second of October, that is, on the same day it was announced that Trump had been infected with the Corona virus, Wilson was found unconscious in the bathroom, and he had suffered a stroke that led to loss of voice and temporary blindness in the left eye.
Wilson’s wife acted quickly, took care of all communications and presidential mail matters, and took care to keep politicians out of the White House.
The disease caused Wilson to be absent from the political scene for 60 days, which prompted US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, to encourage Vice President Thomas Marshall to initiate procedures to impeach the president, but he refused to do so.
A commission of inquiry was set up to assess the president’s health, which concluded that Wilson could keep his position and had completed his term with partial paralysis.
The writer notes that Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States between 1923 and 1928, suffered from severe depression after the death of his son Calvin Jr. in 1924 at the age of 16, as the president fell into his grief after that incident and became taciturn.
Roosevelt suffered from an enlarged heart
In 1944, an American physician named Frank Lahey wrote a report recommending that Franklin Roosevelt be barred from running for a fourth term due to his suffering from high blood pressure and an enlarged heart, but the president ignored his advice and spoiled news about his health and won a fourth term.
Roosevelt had contracted polio in 1921, when he was 39 years old and lost the ability to walk. Recent studies have shown that he was, in fact, afflicted with “Guillain-Barré syndrome” (GBS), a very rare autoimmune disease that affects the intestine, and has not No treatment at that time.
Heart attack set Eisenhower off
The writer noted that former US President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack during one of his vacations in September 1955.
This heart attack disrupted Eisenhower, who was known to smoke heavily, from carrying out his duties for more than 6 weeks, but that did not prevent him from seeking a second term, ignoring the advice of his doctors, and during his second term he suffered from other heart attacks.
As for John F. Kennedy, he was suffering from chronic back pain due to Addison’s disease, which causes a deficiency of the adrenal glands, according to the newspaper article.
Johnson’s withdrawal secret
The writer pointed out that health problems were the main reason for former US President Lyndon Johnson’s refusal to run for a second term in 1968. And since most Americans were not aware that Johnson was addicted to smoking and drinking alcohol, suffering from high blood pressure and serious heart problems, His withdrawal from the presidential race was a great surprise to the people, as he was a strong candidate for victory over Richard Nixon, after his efforts to withdraw the United States from the Vietnam War.
The writer concluded his article that the son of former President Ronald Reagan confirmed in a book published in 2011 that his father suffered during his second term of office from the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1994.