Trump Wants The Coronavirus Task Force to Listen to Controversial TV Host Dr. Oz
The Daily Beast reports that President Donald Trump is pushing his Coronavirus Task Force to consult with TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz, a thoracic surgeon who has a history of giving controversial and dubious advice:
In the past couple of weeks, Trump began hearing more and more about and watching Oz, now a Fox News regular, discuss hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that Trump aggressively touted as a coronavirus treatment, much to the dismay of various medical experts and scientists.
Over these two weeks, the president had specifically made a point of telling aides that he was interested in what Oz had to say and that he wished to speak to the much-maligned television personality.
One Trump official expressed his disgust:
It is very annoying to some of us that Dr. Oz is trying to poke his head in and get more involved in this. This shouldn’t be a celebrity showcase…Are we going to deputize Dr. Drew and Dr. Spaceman next?