President Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine

President Trump said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that he has been promoting as a treatment for coronavirus. In April, the FDA cautioned against using the drug to treat COVID-19 outside of a hospital setting or clinical trial.

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DONALD TRUMP: A lot of good things have come out about the hydroxy. A lot of good things have come out. And you'd be surprised at how many people are taking it, and especially the frontline, workers before you catch it. The frontline workers, many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it. I happen to be taking it.

PRESS: Contractually?

DONALD TRUMP: I'm taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now. Yeah. A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Because I think it's good. I've heard a lot of good stories. And if it's not good, I'll tell you right. I'm not going to get hurt by it. It's been around for 40 years for malaria, for lupus, for other things. I take it. Frontline workers take it. A lot of doctors take it. Excuse me. A lot of doctors take it. I take it.

You know, I hope to not be able to take it soon, because you know, I hope they come up with some answer. But I think people should be allowed to. I think, for whatever it's worth, I take it.

I was, I, I would have told you that three, four days ago. But we never had a chance. Because you never asked me the question.

PRESS: The White House, did the White House doctor recommend that you take that? Is that why you're taking it?

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, White House Doctor. Didn't recommend-- no. I asked him, what do you think? He said well, if you'd like it. I said yeah, I'd like it. I'd like to take it.