President Trump said in a tweet on Monday that he is “looking for a new outlet” after Fox News host Neil Cavuto slammed his announcement that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine and advised viewers not to use it.
President Trump tweeted on Monday night saying that Fox News is not the same. “We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!” Trump wrote.
On Sunday Fox News host Neil Cavuto said he was surprised by the president’s touting of the drug hydroxychloroquine and warned his viewers against using the drug.
Cavuto mentioned a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs and academic researchers, which said that hydroxychloroquine had no benefit on coronavirus patients and was also linked to higher death rates for VA patients hospitalized with the disease, Business Insider previously reported.
“It was a test on patients there, and those who took it in a vulnerable population, including those with respiratory or other conditions, they died,” Cavuto said. “I want to stress again: They died. If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus or in a worst-case scenario you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you. I cannot stress enough: This will kill you.”
Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing editor of Fox News’ health news, said on Fox News that President Trump’s announcement was “highly irresponsible.”
“I would like 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,” Alvarez said.
In a memo, the White House physician said he discussed the benefits and health risks of hydroxychloroquine with President Trump, and they “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”
The Food and Drug Administration has allowed for the emergency use of the drug for COVID-19 patients in a hospital setting, but growing studies show that the drug may not be effective. Additionally, the FDA has warned against using hydroxychloroquine, “outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.”
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