UPDATED 2:07 PM PT — Wednesday, July 29, 2020
President Trump continues to defend the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients. On Wednesday, he reiterated that he’s used the drug before and had no problems with it.
He noted many people agree with him that it can be effective and reiterated all he wants to do is save lives.
This came after the president retweeted a message by a Houston doctor earlier this week, who claimed hydroxychloroquine is the cure to COVID-19.
"NOBODY NEEDS TO GET SICK, THIS VIRUS HAS A CURE"
Dr. Stella Immanuel explains how HCQ not only works as a cure but can also be used to PREVENT COVID infection in the first place! #whitecoatsummit
— Essential Fleccas 🇺🇸 (@fleccas) July 27, 2020
“I was impressed with her and other doctors that stood with her. I think she made sense, but I know nothing about it. I just saw her making a statement with very respected doctors, she was not alone. She was making a statement about hydroxychloroquine with other doctors that swear by it. They think it’s great.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
He went on to voice optimism about treatments for coronavirus and added the U.S. is doing very well.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro recently clashed with a CNN anchor over hydroxychloroquine. In the heated exchange, Navarro defended the president’s support for the drug.
He also pushed back on anchor John Berman’s claims that it’s a dangerous and unproven drug.
The trade adviser urged Berman to interview third party doctors, who he believes are equipped to provide unbiased information on the treatment and to analyze the data, to explain the effectiveness of the drug in early stages of the disease.
The two also clashed over the mainstream media’s portrayal and rejection of the treatment for COVID-19.
“Why are you guys so hardcore about wanting to knock this down?” asked Navarro.
Continuing to push hydroxychloroquine, White House advisor Peter Navarro baselessly claims "thousands of Americans are dying because the media and the FDA have made hydroxychloroquine something that appears to be dangerous." Experts have repeatedly said it can be dangerous. pic.twitter.com/NEdN1F2HXB
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) July 29, 2020
Navarro went on to say the administration has a surplus of the drug and is prepared to distribute it.