CBS Called Out for False Claim About Why Trump Will Stop Taking HCQ

Posted: May 21, 2020 9:15 AM
CBS Called Out for False Claim About Why Trump Will Stop Taking HCQ

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

In a tweet promoting its story on President Trump discussing his use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against COVID-19, CBS News claimed he was stopping it soon because he was "facing heat" over his decision to take it at all.

"After facing heat over taking the antimalaria drug, President Trump says he'll stop taking hydroxychloroquine in "a day or two," the tweet said.

But that's not the case.

Trump said Wednesday he will stop taking the medication because the regimen will be over. 

"I think the regimen finishes in a day or two — yeah, I think it's two days, two days," he said while meeting with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.

The president said Monday he had been taking the drug for about a week and a half as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting coronavirus.

"I'm not going to get hurt by it. It's been around for 40 years for malaria, for lupus, for other things," Trump said.

“After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks,” said Dr. Conley, who is a Navy commander.

A White House official said Dr. Conley prescribed the drug to Mr. Trump and that he took it in response to a potential exposure.

Dr. Conley said Mr. Trump is in good health and symptom-free and all his Covid-19 tests have been negative. He said he would continue to monitor studies on Covid-19 therapies.

In his remarks Monday, Mr. Trump said he also took one dose of the antibiotic azithromycin and is regularly taking zinc. (WSJ)

Twitter users called CBS out for the misleading tweet.

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