Trump Falsely Claims Unproven COVID-19 ‘Cure’ Hydroxychloroquine Is Getting ‘Rave Reviews’

President Donald Trump falsely claimed during an interview with Sharyl Attkisson of Full Measure News that the drug hydroxychloroquine has received “rave reviews” as a cure for COVID-19.

Hydroxychloroquine, which is used for malaria and certain types of arthritis, was found in a recent study to have no benefit for coronavirus patients, and even increased the likelihood of them dying, noted AFP.

Trump cited a controversial French study and unproven claims made by Italian pharmacology scholar Annalisa Chiusolo:

Well, I’ve heard tremendous reports about it. Frankly, I’ve heard tremendous reports. Many people think it saved their lives. Doctors come out with reports. You had a study in France, you had a study in Italy that were incredible studies.

Look, if somebody else were promoting it other than me, call it a promotion because I want people to get better. I don’t get anything. I don’t gain anything other than if it’s something that helps, that’s a good thing. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.

I believe in it enough that I took a program because I had two people in the White House that tested positive. I figured maybe it’s a good thing to take a program.

You know, we take a little bit of a period of time, I think it was two weeks. But hydroxy has had tremendous, if you look at it, tremendous, rave reviews.

(Sources: Full Measure News, AFP, Stat News, The Jerusalem Post)

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