President Donald Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine drug to defend against coronavirus.
May 18, 2020
During a White House meeting on Monday, President Trump admitted to be taking hydroxychloroquine — a drug that many say is unproven — to avert the coronavirus.
“A lot of good things have come out about the hydroxy[chloroquine],” said Trump. “You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front line workers before you catch it.”
The president indicated that the drug is used more often than what people think. “The front line workers, many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it.” Trump admitted.
Reporters appeared stunned for a moment. “Hydroxychloroquine?” asked one reporter, to which Trump responded, “I’m taking it, Hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah.”
Trump said he started taking the drug a couple of weeks ago. “It’s been around for 40 years for malaria, for lupus, for other things, I take it,” he said, telling reporters that many doctors also take it.
When asked about what evidence he has that shows hydroxychloroquine with positive benefits, Trump said: “Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it.”
In a statement issued through the White House, Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said that the president was in “very good health” and “symptom-free”.
The president’s admission to taking the drug is already causing a frenzy online with different sides weighing in on the topic.