UPDATED 12:48 PM PT — Tuesday, May 19, 2020
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president took the proper steps before getting on hydroxychloroquine.
While speaking to reporters Tuesday, McEnany said President Trump’s decision to reveal he was taking the drug was made in an effort to be transparent. The press secretary also backed up the memo by White House physician Dr. Sean Conley.
“The purpose of this letter was to show that Dr. Conley agreed with the analysis that the benefits outweighed the risks and the president should be taken at his word,” she stated. “And the purpose of this letter was to show just that, the rationale behind it.”
President Trump: “I happen to be taking it. I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. A couple weeks ago I started taking it…I get a lot of positive calls about it…I take a pill every day.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 18, 2020
McEnany also reiterated comments by FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn who recommended the drug only be taken when prescribed by a doctor.
This came after the White House doctor confirmed the safety of using hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against the coronavirus after the president revealed he is taking the anti-malarial drug.