Trump Again Pushes Hydroxychloroquine Drug As Covid-19 Treatment

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Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies CEO Martin Meeson, right, speaks as President Donald Trump wears a face mask as he participates in a tour of Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Morrisville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after appearing to project a more serious tone about the coronaviru s, President Donald Trump is back to pushing unproven claims that an anti-malaria drug is an effective treatment and challenging the credibility of the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.

Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back Tuesday, saying he will keep doing his job.

Numerous studies, meanwhile, have shown that the drug, hydroxychloroquine, is not an effective treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently withdrew an order that allowed the drug’s use as a emergency treatment for COVID-19.

Yet overnight, after returning from a trip to North Carolina where he promoted efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Trump retweeted a series of tweets advocating for hydroxychloroquine.

The president also shared a post from the Twitter account for a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon, a former top White House adviser to Trump, accusing Fauci of misleading the public over hydroxychloroquine.

Fauci, a leading member of the White House coronavirus task force, pushed back Tuesday during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“I go along with the FDA,” said Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “The overwhelming prevailing clinical trials that have looked at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is not effective in coronavirus disease.”

It’s not the first time Fauci has come under attack from Trump and those close to him.

The president’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, who has clashed with Fauci over hydroxychloroquine, recently penned a scathing attack on the doctor that was published by USA Today. The newspaper later said the opinion piece did not meet its standards.

In recent nationally televised interviews, Trump himself has described Fauci as “a bit of an alarmist” and accused him of making “mistakes” in his coronavirus guidance to the American people.

Asked if he can continue to do his job when Trump continues to publicly question his credibility, Fauci said Tuesday he’ll press ahead “no matter what” because of the stakes involved.

“I don’t tweet. I don’t even read them, so I don’t really want to go there,” Fauci said. “I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it’s very important. We’re in the middle of a crisis with regard to an epidemic, a pandemic. This is what I do. This is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life and I’ll continue to do it.”

Asked about claims he’s been misleading the public, Fauci said: “I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”

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26 COMMENTS

  1. The Frontline Doctors press conference yesterday was deleted by Facebook , Twitter and Youtube. Over 17 million viewed it before it was shut down. These doctors defend hydroxy and you can still see it on Breitbart.
    Remember, Fauci gave bad advice and is a dangerous fake scientist. All his statements are available and see how he contradicted himself.
    Breaking_ Trump’s Twitter ac count suspended because he ran this video.

    • The speaker at that conference believes that scientists are developing a vaccine against religion and that gynecological problems are caused by having relations with demons in one’s dreams.

      Fauci is the foremost authority in the country and you will not find a reputable infectious disease doctor who says otherwise.

  2. Watch for more doctors to come out in favor of Hydroxychloroquine in the next few days. The swamp Trump hating medical establishment will be hit hard and exposed.

  3. While Dr. Birx is legitimate , having doctored patients, “Dr. ” Fauxchi never , ever treated a human being in his entire life.
    Is this the guy who should lecture 250 million Americans ?

    • Fauci has treated many many patients in full body suit more recently bwcause he didn’t want to suggest risks that he wouldn’t take ihmself.

      Stella Immanuel, Don Jr.’s inspiration, completed her medical training in Nigeria. She operates a medical clinic in Houston out of a strip mall next to her church, Firepower Ministries. She believes gynecological problems are caused by having relation in one’s dreams with demons and witches. She believes doctors use alien parts. She calls herself a ‘Deliverance Minister’ who is ‘God’s battle axe and weapon of war.’

    • Actually, Dr. Fauci did 2 years of internship and residency where he treated patients. His experience in treating patients is identical to that of Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine.

  4. Why is this unproven claims? When Dr risch a pandemic professor at Yale university claims that it could save 100,000. Why shouldn’t it at least be up for argument. Nothing in medicine as well as other topics will have a hundred percent approval from every doctor/professor/politician. It’s called Freedom of speech

  5. Apparently the aPee will not bother to spoil one of their stories with facts. There have been several research studies showing some efficacy with this medication in treating Covid. An inconvenience for their politically motivated agenda.

    • And Dr. Immanuel being licensed in the u.s. for less than a year and believing gynecological problems are caused by dreaming of having relations with demons and that the medical community uses alien parts is inconvenient for your political point of view.

      This doctor believes the government has reptiles pretending to be people and that yeshua will destroy Facebook.

  6. 150,000 Dead. 4 million infected. No CDC. No Pence Tassk Farce. Bleach. Over by Easter. Killed by summer heat. Open up economy and get hooked to a ventilator. Head of NSC infected. Tulsa empty. Failure to lead. Want more deaths, vote trumpf.

    • The only ones killing people were democrat governors forcing sick people into nursing homes to infect the rest of the old people, also their encourging the rioting protestors with no social distancing, more dead in NY nursing homes than in the entire state of Florida or Texas.

        • Imbeciles can’t think, let alone think straight. They’re good at hate for and lies and slander about President Trump. They’re good at being biased and ignorant based on listening only to serial liars and haters in the lamestream drive-by fake-news media. They’re good at cowardice and destruction.

    • You make your points; however, Donald Trump has been President of the USA for almost 4 years. It is time you learned to spell his name. Also a proper name is spelled with a capital letter. So, for future reference, the proper way to spell the president’s name is: President Donald Trump. Don’t worry…..you’ll get it eventually. You will have another 4 years to perfect it.

      • i’ll call him what i want as long as he has nicknames for everyone that he doesn’t like. ok? he’s a juvenile and president of the greatest country, so i can be juvenile, even if i’m not president.
        kapish?
        so he will stay the putz to all of us, as long as he acts and talks like one.
        putz.

        • Your guy, the priviliged WHITE racist draft dodger, Joe Biden, will rid this Country of Jews as he mounts his trip to the promised land to greet the 2nd coming.

  7. Recently a major study here in the USA did show that it works. The studies that show otherwise were severly flawed as they mixed useless or dangerous dosages with dosages that work without noting the differences.
    There is also a Texas doctor that found that a certain steroid meant for asthma and aimed at strengthening the lung also works.
    But anti-Trump politics and the liberal media will always tell you otherwise. It doesn’t matter if you let people die as long as you can push your political left wing agenda.

  8. This is typical Trump. Sticks with the agenda if it is not politically correct.
    As much as the media and special interests try to cover it up – this medication has proven itself over and over as effective and a life saver. Many famous doctors have gone online to claim that it works and has saved hundreds of patients. The “tests” that supposedly proved these drugs to be “dangerous” were all proved to be fraudulent. So the politicians and special interests made sure that the drug would not be made available. Why waste an opportunity of making millions of dollars – even if it is at the expense of thousands of lives.
    So our President Trump sticks to his guns and continues to MAGA
    Thank you President Trump
    Hopefully these bums will allow you to continue on with your great work in your second term (they will probably commit suicide when he wins with a landslide – so be it)

  9. More ap fake news. Of course it works and it’s also proven. Dr z is good enough for me because he has results. 2 deaths out of 2200 patients. That’s .09% death rate compared to national avg 3.4%. But since he didn’t do it with the approval of the cdc and fda by having a “control” group of 2200 so his data doesn’t count. The truth is that he doesn’t need a control group. The rest of the world is his control

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