Trump says he'll stop taking hydroxychloroquine 'in a day or two'

David Caplan
May 20, 2020 - 5:43 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Trump has been scrutinized by critics since he announced on Monday that he had been takng the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic to coronavirus -- but he will soon stop taking it.

"I think the regimen finishes in a day or two. I think it's in two days," he told reporters Wednesday during a meeting with the governors of Arkansas and Kansas

Trump on Tuesday again defended his use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic to coronavirus. He revealed to reporters on Monday he had been taking the drug for a couple of weeks.

"I think it's worthwhile as a line of defense, and I plan on staying on it for a little while longer," he told reporters. "I'm just very curious myself."

A reporter asked the president, “Why is it okay for you to promote the use of this drug when you’re not a doctor?” 

Trump responded, "I worked with doctors ... If you look at the one survey, the only bad survey, they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape, they were very old, almost dead. It was a Trump enemy statement."

The study he is believed to be referencing is a study of hundreds of patients treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs in which more of those in a group who were administered hydroxychloroquine died than among those who weren’t. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said that study was not a "VA study," though.

Trump also later said, "It's gotten a bad reputation only because I’m promoting it."