A day after President Donald Trump and his son shared a fresh dose of misinformation about hydroxychloroquine in videos that were taken down by Twitter and Facebook, Trump again touted the benefits of the drug, insisting it's safe and effective. (July 28)
DONALD TRUMP: I wasn't making claims. The-- it's recommendations of many other peoples-- people, including doctors. Many doctors think it is extremely successful, the hydroxychloroquine, coupled with the zinc and perhaps the azithromycin. But many doctors think it's extremely good, and some people don't. Some people, I think, it's become very political.
I happen to believe in it. I would take it. I-- as you know, I took it for a 14-day period. And I'm here, right, I'm here. I happen to think it's-- it works in the early stages. I think front-line medical people believe that too, some, many, and so we'll take a look at it.
But the one thing we know it's been out for a long time, that particular formula, and that's what-- essentially what it is, the pill. And it's been for malaria, lupus, and other things. It-- it's safe. It doesn't cause problems. I had no problem. I had absolutely no problem. Felt no different. Didn't feel good, bad, or indifferent.
And I tested, as you know. It didn't get me. And it's not going to hopefully hurt anybody. So we know from that standpoint-- because it's been so many years, from a safety standpoint, it's safe. I happen to think based on what I've read-- I've read a lot about hydroxy. I happen to think that it has an impact, especially at the early years.
There was a group of doctors yesterday, a large group, that were put on the internet. And for some reason, the internet wanted to take them down and took them off. I guess Twitter took them off. And I think Facebook took them off. I don't know why. I think they're very respected doctors.
There was a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it that she's had tremendous success with it, and they took her-- they took her voice off. I don't know why they took her off, but they took her off. Maybe they had a good reason, maybe they didn't. I don't know.
I can only say that from my standpoint, and based on a lot of reading and a lot of knowledge about it, I think it could have a very positive impact in the early stages. And I don't think you lose anything by doing it, other than politically, it doesn't seem to be too popular. You know why? Because I recommend it. When I recommend something, they like to say don't use it. Jon, please.
- On that note, Mr. President.