Trump Goes Silent on Hydroxychloroquine

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Welcome to the point. Four April twenty third. I'm Lauren Ski. Co Author of the point. I'm here to cut through the political spin to bring you the news you need to know president. Donald Trump has spent a lot of time promoting hydroxy chloroquine as the corona virus tightened. Its grip on the United States. Beginning in mid March trump name dropped the drug nearly fifty times according to a CNN analysis of his public comments trump called it a quote game changer for Corona Virus. And that it shows quote tremendous promise but that came to a sudden. Halt trump has since shifted his rhetoric toward reopening the country. As of Thursday afternoon. He hasn't even mentioned the drug by name in more than a week. That shift in praise comes after evidence has increasingly mounted over the drugs potentially deadly side effects. One piece of evidence is a new study of hundreds of patients at the US. V A medical centers. They found current virus patients. Taking hydroxy chloroquine that same treatment touted by president trump. Were No less likely to need mechanical ventilation and actually had higher death rates. Compared to those who did not take the drug physicians have warned that will trump is enthusiastic about the drug or at least he was. It still needs to be studied to see if it works and if it is safe for the record there are currently no products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat corona virus though research is underway on many drugs. Let's get to the point. President trump is now no longer calling hydroxy chloroquine a game changer. He's not mentioning it at all. And that is the point for April. Twenty third twenty twenty for more updates throughout the week including our Sunday night. Campaign Edition Subscribe to the point newsletter at CNN dot com slash. Point if you like this audio briefing. You can get every single weekday on Google or Amazon Echo or subscribe on Stitcher or apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode

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