House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday, May 18, called President Donald Trump “morbidly obese” and he should not take hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the CCP Virus (coronavirus.)
In an appearance on CNN, Pelosi was asked if she was “concerned” about President Trump’s usage of the drug that was prescribed by the White House physician.
“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group—what is it, morbidly obese they say. So I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Pelosi told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s revelation he is taking hydroxychloroquine. pic.twitter.com/0ImjpEjg9q
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 19, 2020
President Trump drew criticism on Monday after announcing that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent the virus, saying that “a lot of good things have come out about” the drug and “many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers.”
“I happened to be taking it. Hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. If it is not good, I will tell you right,” he said. “I’m not going to get hurt by it. It has been around for 40 years. I’ve taken it for about a week and a half now, and I’m still here.”
Doctor Sean Conley, President Trump’s physician, noted that he concluded, “The potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”
Note from White House physician on Trump and hydroxychloroquine: pic.twitter.com/n0ebwrkmNq
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 19, 2020
“The president is in very good health and has remained symptom-free. He receives regular COVID-19 [CCP Virus] testing, all negative to date,” Conley noted, adding that he will continue monitor studies regarding hydroxychloroquine and other therapies.
While some criticized the president for taking the drug, calling it “highly irresponsible.” Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel defended Conley and President Trump’s decision, citing positive results in the lab and studies from other countries that “show it might work early in the course” of the CCP Virus.
“There is a big study in Spain and a huge study from the NIH looking at this,” he said. “Henry Ford hospital in Detroit has given it to 3,000 health care workers to see if it prevents them from getting COVID-19.”
“I think it’s reasonable,” he added. “As you know, I think that that drug saved my father’s life.”