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MSNBC morning show host Joe Scarborough disputed President Donald Trump’s claim that he’s taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine on Tuesday, though he offered no real evidence to back up the claim.
“This was thrown out as a distraction because the president always wants to distract from his failures,” Scarborough began.
“But, when the president of the United States actually says he’s doing something which, let me assure you he is not doing…let me assure you the president of the United States is not taking hydroxychloroquine.
“In all the time that I knew him, I only sat for one meal with him,” Scarborough continued. “And before that meal, he had wipes, like, this high, and would just go through the wipes compulsively. … So he’s not taking something that his own administration has said will kill you, that his own FDA has said will kill you, that the VA has said will kill you.”
But the White House smacked back at “Dr. Scarborough,” noting that the president gets his medical advice from real physicians and experts.
“Thankfully, President @realDonaldTrump is NOT listening to the fake Dr. Scarborough and instead consulted with a real medical doctor before taking hydroxychloroquine. Happy to report that the President continues to be in great health!” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted.
Thankfully, President @realDonaldTrump is NOT listening to the fake Dr. Scarborough and instead consulted with a real medical doctor before taking hydroxychoroquine.
Happy to report that the President continues to be in great health! https://t.co/Dap1dDXWJA
— Kayleigh McEnany 45 Archived (@PressSec45) May 19, 2020
The president himself jabbed at Scarborough as well on Tuesday in a tweet.
McEnany pushed back on media claims questioning the president’s veracity regarding his announcement that he was taking the medication as a coronavirus prophylactic.
“The reason is the president of the United States said it, and if it were any other president of the United States, the media would take him at his word,” she said.
Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany: "If it were any other President of the United States, the media would take him at his word." pic.twitter.com/ra5TaJYZwL
— The Hill (@thehill) May 19, 2020
Also, a memo from White House physician Dr. Sean Conley notes that “we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks” after discussing it with the president (Joe Scarborough fake news alert).
NEW: A memo from White House physician Dr. Sean Conley lays out the discussion that lead to Pres. Trump taking hydroxy-chloroquine: “We concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” pic.twitter.com/f7qmKzKcxp
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) May 19, 2020
Scarborough wasn’t the only network host to claim that hydroxychloroquine was unsafe for the president to use. Interestingly, so did Fox News host Neil Cavuto.
“That was stunning,” Cavuto said of the president’s announcement. “The president insisted that it has enormous benefits for patients either trying to prevent or already have COVID-19. The fact of the matter is, though, when the president said what have you got to lose — in a number of studies, though certainly vulnerable, the population, have one thing to lose. Their lives.”
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, McEnany pushed back further on the “apoplectic” media outrage over the president’s decision to take the drug, which has been deemed safe for use in treating coronavirus by thousands of physicians and experts.
“The President just wanted to be transparent about his personal health decision that he made in consultation with his doctor,” she said regarding Trump’s decision to make the announcement. “And one of the things that I really want to get out there this morning that unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation about is — first let me emphasize strongly that any use of Hydroxychloroquine has to be in consultation with your doctor, you have to have a prescription. That’s the way it must be done.
“We have a lot of information about the safety of this drug, though ultimately you make that decision with your doctor,” she continued. “So some of the misreporting on other networks, these apoplectic analyses of hydroxychloroquine ignore the fact that tens of millions of people around the world have used this drug for other purposes, including some people in my communications office who used it for malaria prophylaxis before traveling to other parts of the world.”
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