Neil Cavuto warned millions of Fox News viewers after President Trump said he’s taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an anti-malarial drug the FDA has cautioned against using outside of clinical trials or emergency use for specific patients because of the risk of severe heart problems.
Mediaite further reports:
At one point the president asked “what have you got to lose,” but as Cavuto said, “A number of studies, those certainly vulnerable in the population have one thing to lose, their lives. A VA study showed that among a population of veterans in a hospital receiving this treatment, those with vulnerable conditions, respiratory conditions, heart elements, they died.”
Cavuto read from a number of other studies about the effects of hydroxychloroquine and said, “Those who took it, in a vulnerable population, including those with respiratory or other conditions, they died. I want to stress again — they died. If you are in a risky population here and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus or, in a worst-case scenario, you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you. I cannot stress that enough. This will kill you.”
While some pundits are skeptical of the president’s claim, Trump said he’s taken HCQ for the last ten days or so, which coincides with the news of his valet and Vice President Pence’s press secretary testing positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following Cavuto’s plea, President Trump wasted little time returning fire by retweeting posts critical of the host — leaving no one to ponder how he felt.
Just got a RT from Trump…
How do you like me now, bitchez…
I called a news anchor an “asshole” and the President of the United States RT’d it.
Is this a great country, or what? pic.twitter.com/PSDfM2AqUu
— The Curve Is Bent. Time to Free Us! (@NolteNC) May 19, 2020
The White House also released a memorandum from the president’s physician Sean Conley explaining that Trump and Conley discussed the benefits and risks of taking HCQ. The Hill explains:
But the letter contained no specifics on when Trump started taking the drug or what dosage he is taking.
“In consultation with our inter-agency partners and subject matter experts around the country, I continue to monitor the myriad studies investigating potential COVID-19 therapies, and I anticipate employing the same shared medical decision making based on the evidence at hand in the future,” Conley wrote.