House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday expressed concern for President Trump after he revealed that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug he has frequently touted as a promising treatment for coronavirus despite limited evidence from the medical community, as a preventative measure against the virus.
The FDA issued a warning last month that the unproven drug should only be taken in hospitals because of the risk of heart complications.
“As far as our president is concerned – he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group,” Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper after Trump’s revelation.
“Morbidly obese, they say,” she added, noting Trump was diagnosed as clinically obese last year.
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Trump on Monday said he consulted with the White House doctor about taking the drug, but it was not recommended for him.
“I asked him what do you think. He said, ‘Well if you’d like it.’ I said, ‘Yeah I’d like it. I’d like to take it,’” Trump said during a roundtable event.
“So far, I seem to be ok,” Trump said, saying he’s “not gonna get hurt by it. It’s been around for 40 years.”
“A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it,” he said.
“I have been taking it for about a week and a half,” Trump told reporters.
“Every day?” a reporter asked the president.
“Yeah, every day,” he confirmed. “I take a pill every day. Uh, at some point I’ll stop. What I’d like to do is I’d like to have a cure and or the vaccine and I think that’ll happen very soon.”
"I happen to be taking it … right now, yeah" — Trump claims he's taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug he's touted as a potential coronavirus treatment despite a lack of evidence that can lead to potentially fatal heart problems pic.twitter.com/zxiNxlyfEs
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