(PatrioticPost.com)- Ever since President Donald Trump chose to end the daily press conferences with his White House Coronavirus Task Force, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has come to the forefront and taken the media to task. On Tuesday, she did exactly what President Trump hired to do and destroyed media sensationalism relating to the president’s decision to take hydroxychloroquine.
McEnany described the media reaction to Trump taking the anti-malaria medication as a precaution against coronavirus as “apoplectic,” and it’s hard to disagree with her.
“We have a lot of information about the safety of this drug, though ultimately you make that decision with your doctor,” McEnany said on Fox and Friends. “So some of the misreporting on other networks, these apoplectic analyses of hydroxychloroquine, ignore the fact that tens of millions of people around the world have used this drug for other purposes.”
She’s right. Hydroxychloroquine is already approved by the FDA in the United States and taken by people with various ailments. The drug is safe, and while the science relating to its effect on treating or preventing coronavirus is not settled, doctors all over the world have reported positive results. In Africa, where the coronavirus has been decidedly less deadly than in Europe and the United States, anti-malaria drugs like hydroxychloroquine are taken by a large percentage of the population.
McEnany also explained how she spoke with Dr Stephen Hahn, who is the head of the Food and Drug Administration, on Tuesday morning. He informed her that the drug has been approved in the United States for several medical uses and that it is safe.
“The president has said pretty widely that this is a drug that he had looked at with optimism, but nevertheless he said that this is a decision that must be made with a doctor, as he’s repeatedly said,” she explained.
Critics of the president, including commentators who regularly appear on CNN, have repeatedly claimed that the president is telling people the drug will save their life. Even failed presidential candidate Kamala Harris chimed up, calling the president a “drug pusher.”
The reality is quite different. According to a poll conducted by Sermo, 37% of doctors treating patients for the coronavirus say that hydroxychloroquine is the “most effective therapy.”