MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Accuses Trump of 'Lying' About Taking Hydroxychloroquine
Host blasts President after he revealed he was taking malaria drug
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump is possibly lying about taking malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to help with preventing contracting the coronavirus.
Trump has repeatedly touted the medication, which has been praised by doctors who say their patients became symptom-free within hours of taking the drug.
But some medical experts have disagreed with Trump citing lack of evidence the drug works.
President Trump revealed on Monday he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine for a couple of weeks.
"I think it's good. I've heard a lot good stories. And if it's not good, I'll tell you right, I'm not going to get hurt by it," Trump said.
Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug FDA has cautioned about using for COVID-19. He started "a couple weeks ago"— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 18, 2020
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The White House physician said of the drug:
The "potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks."
But Scarborough said Trump was lying about taking the drug.
"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," he began.
"In all the time that I knew him, I only sat for one meal with him," he explained.
"Before that meal, he had wipes like this high and would go through the wipes, compulsively, and wipe his hands, sanitize his hands before eating anything."
"So he is not taking something that his own administration has said will kill you," he continued.
"That his own FDA said will kill you. That the [Department of Veterans Affairs] said will kill you ... That’s what doctors will say, too."
"The FDA said, take it if you’re in the hospital or take it if you’re in a closely watched clinical trial."
"But, don’t take it unless you’re under those two circumstances. So the president is not taking it and, yet, and yet, he’s telling Americans that they should take it."
Last month, a top infectious disease expert praised Hydroxychloroquine, saying it was "the beginning of the end of the pandemic."
Dr. Stephen Smith said hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat coronavirus patients is an “absolute game-changer.”
Smith started by explaining what being “intubated” means, describing it as “putting a tube down your trachea and then placed on the ventilator for support, respiratory support.”
"Now you actually have an intra[inaudible] comparison saying that this regimen works, and I will get some real statisticians besides my sons to look at that.”
“I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic,” Smith said.
“I’m very serious.”