The journalists in the James S. Brady briefing room have been downright hostile when questioning President Trump about his touting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 patients. Trump has been extremely vocal about his high hopes for the anti-malaria drug after hearing several anecdotal success stories and promising clinical trials.
Trump shared an especially moving success story from a Michigan Democrat, State Representative Karen Whitsett, who credited HCQ - and Trump - for saving her life. But a skeptical media can't help but sense some sinister motives. Some have even suggested that Trump has a financial stake in HCQ.
It's all very irritating when you compare how the media have asked Democratic leaders about the drug. At New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent press conference, reporters asked softball questions like, "how are the clinical trials going?" Or, "so the trials have been promising but not conclusive?"
Notice how the tone switches in the White House briefing room.
Can you spot the difference? ??pic.twitter.com/3x3qf09SWP— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 9, 2020
"Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope?" one reporter asked Trump. Others suggested that Trump is muzzling coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci from sharing his own opinions about the drug.
With Cuomo, the drug has potential. With Trump, the drug is a danger.
Our nation's doctors have seen and heard enough to believe that hydroxychloroquine is a game changer in the fight against COVID-19. Katie reported on a new survey from Jackson & Coker that showed an overwhelming majority of doctors would prescribe hydroxychloroquine or another anti-malaria drug to a family member suffering from coronavirus. The survey questioned 1,271 doctors in 50 states.
"Sixty-five percent of physicians across the United States said they would prescribe the anti-malaria drugs chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19 in a family member," the survey read. "Only 11 percent said they would not use the drug at all."
Thousands of other doctors around the world have shared positive results from the drug.
I, for one, appreciate the positivity from the president. As he said in a recent task force briefing, "what do we have to lose?"
And don't worry. Trump knows how to handle those biased inquiries.
CNN’s @JDiamond1 asks President Trump why he ‘promotes’ Hydroxychloroquine.— ALX ???? (@alx) April 5, 2020
Trump: “I want to save lives. I don't want it to be in a lab for the next year and a half as people are dying all over the place... only CNN would ask that question. Fake News.” pic.twitter.com/41nQfPMHFZ
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