Donald Trump claimed on May 18, 2020 that he has been taking the drug hydroxychloroquine in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Hydroxychloroquine is not a proven medication for coronavirus. The FDA has warned that taking it for this purpose is dangerous and could lead to death.
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Video: Trump Claims He Takes Hydroxychloroquine
Trump has been repeatedly touting the medication despite warnings from medical experts against taking the drug.
Trump said it was okay for him to promote the drug despite not being a doctor because has “worked with doctors.” He also dismissed studies showing hydroxychloroquine is dangerous and said those studies were conducted by “never Trump” elements.
This isn’t true. The VA (Veterans Administration) study that examined hydroxychloroquine found “there was no identifiable improvement in outcome for those who received the drug and, in fact, that the drug was associated with an increased risk of death.”
After Trump claimed he was taking the drug, the FDA publicly softened their stance on the drug’s danger in an apparent attempt to bolster Trump.
Criticism Of Trump
Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted that it is dangerous for someone like Trump, who is “morbidly obese,” to take hydroxychloroquine.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Trump’s announcement was “reckless.”
Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News pundit, said, “I found it to be highly irresponsible for the president to have come out and make that statement.”
British columnist Piers Morgan, a Trump ally, said, “President Trump’s latest reckless coronavirus cure claim will kill Americans and is a shameful, negligent abuse of his power.”
Trump claimed that medical workers have been taking the drug, but the American Medical Association said it “does not know of any tracking or surveys examining personal use of hydroxychloroquine among health care workers.”
The American Nurses Association also said it “has not received reports from nurses or other front-line health care workers utilizing hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment for Covid-19.”
Trump claimed that he was on a two-week “regimen” of the drug and that he tested “positively toward negative” for coronavirus while taking it.
Experts are concerned that Trump touting hydroxychloroquine could have a negative effect.
“Although it certainly has been used for years for some diseases, it also has well-known life-threatening side effects,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, a professor of emergency medicine at Brown University.