White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany addressed reporters today regarding the push back against President Donald Trump's endorsement of the potential coronavirus treatment hydroxychloriquine. This was in light of news that Trump has been taking the drug.
McEnany said "Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that has been in use for 65 years for Lupus, arthritis and malaria. It has a very good safety profile, but as with any drug, as with any prescription, it should be given by a doctor to a patient in that context. So no one should be taking this without a prescription from their doctor.
"That being said, I’ve seen a lot of apoplectic coverage of hydroxychloroquine. You had Jimmy Kimmel saying the President’s 'trying to kill himself' by taking it. You had Joe Scarborough saying ‘this will kill you.' Neil Cavuto saying 'what have you got to lose, one thing you have to lose are lives.' And you had Chris Cuomo saying ‘the President knows that hydroxychloroquine is not supported by science. He knows it has been flagged by his own people and he’s using it.’"
"Cuomo mocked the president for this, and interestingly, I found this out just before coming here, hydroxychloroquine, of course, is an FDA medication with a long proven track record for safety, and it turns out that Chris Cuomo took a less safe version of it, called quinine which the FDA removed from the marketplace in 2006 for its serious side-effects, including death. So really interesting to have that criticism of the President. And on that note to Chris Cuomo, I’d like to redirect him to his brother, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who has several on the record statements about hydroxychloroquine saying 'I'm an optimist, I’m hopeful about the drug, and we will try it in New York as soon as we get it.'"