Fox News Doctor Calls Trump’s Comments “Highly Irresponsible”
Hydroxychloroquine has been the drug that Donald Trump just hasn’t been able to quit. At once promising, the drug has taken a number of steps back via clinical trials. The FDA moved to warn people that taking the drug is potentially dangerous and recommended against it.
Some Fox News anchors, most notably Laura Ingraham, have continued to tout the drug. And shockingly, Trump claimed on Monday that he regularly takes the drug. On Monday night, a Fox News medical correspondent called the President’s comments “highly irresponsible.”
Dr. Manny Alvarez was asked by Bret Baier, “Why would the president be taking hydroxychloroquine?”
The Doctor answered:
“I don’t know, your guess is as good as mine. I found it to be highly irresponsible for the president to have come out and made that statement, and I would like to hear on the White House physician to come out tomorrow and explain to me what has changed in a week and a half or two weeks for the president to take this medication, when all the data that has been coming out very repetitively has shown that there’s really not a major benefit.”
The medical correspondent continued, “These medications do have side effects. If you use it, you have to have a physical, perhaps an EKG, so you have to have a conversation with your doctor. So anecdotal evidence right now is really not helpful.”
Watch a video of Dr. Alvarez’s comments below courtesy of the Fox News network:
Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing editor of Fox News' health news, says that it is "highly irresponsible" for Trump to claim that he's now taking hydroxychloroquine.
He also wants the White House physician to explain what's changed since studies have shown no benefits. pic.twitter.com/QAxYVTM1kG
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 18, 2020