Hydroxychloroquine is a malaria drug that has been touted as a preventative medicine against coronavirus COVID-19, despite medical warnings about its use. Donald Trump made the admission during a question-and-answer session with reporters during a meeting with restaurant bosses about the impact the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown is having on their business sector. Mr Trump had previously promoted hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for the killer virus, although some studies have questioned its success.
Mr Trump revealed he has been taking a pill every day for a week-and-a-half and said there is a very good chance the medicine has an impact.
He also said he had asked his doctor about taking hydroxychloroquine and was given the go-ahead to do so.
The US President insisted he has no symptoms of COVID-19, has not been exposed to it and gets tested every couple of days.
Mr Trump told reporters at a White House event: “I’ve been taking it for the last week and a half. A pill every day”.
The US President added he has been having “zero symptoms” from it.
He also again lashed out at the World Health Organization, raging it had “done a very sad job” in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Trump concluded he would issue a statement about the WHO in the near future.
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He added: “I’ll be giving them a statement, sometime in the near future.
“But I think they’ve done a very sad job in the last period of time.”
He said: “The United States pays them $ 450 million a year; China pays them $ 38 million a year. And they’re a puppet of China.
“They’re China-centric, to put it nicer, but they’re a puppet of China.”
Mr Trump has already suspended funding from the US to the WHO after accusing it of being too China-centric, and also leading an international attack on Beijing’s perceived lack of clarity in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier today, Health Secretary Alex Azar made clear Washington considered the WHO jointly responsible.
He said: “We must be frank about one of the primary reasons this outbreak spun out of control.
“There was a failure by this organization to obtain the information that the world needed, and that failure cost many lives.”