UPDATE: White House Physician Explains Why Trump Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine

Sean P. Conley, Physician To The President, Issues Statement Explaining Trump’s Hydroxychloroquine Prescription

Earlier today, Nationalist Review reported that President Trump was taking hydroxychloroquine daily as a preventative measures.

The news, which Trump announced at a White House event, was met with outrage from Fox News host Neil Cavuto, who warned viewers that taking the medication could kill them—until his guest, Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, told him she believed the medication was a valuable resource for clinicians to have in their arsenals.

Conley’s statement reads as follows (document attached below):

“As has been previously reported, two weeks ago one of the President’s support staff tested positive for COVID-19. The President is in very good health and has remained symptom-free. He receives regular COVID-19 testing, all negative to date.”

“After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”

“In consultation with out inter-agency partners and subject matter experts around the country, I continue to monitor the myriad studies investigating potential COVID-19 therapies, and I anticipate employing the same shared medical decision making based on evidence at hand in the future.”

WATCH: Neil Cavuto Gets Schooled By Doctor After He Attacked Trump For Taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dr. Janette Nesheiwat sets Neil Cavuto straight on the issue of Hydroxychloroquine

Moments ago, Nationalist Review reported that President Trump has been taking hydroxychloroquine for at least a week and a half. While covering the White House event where the president made the disclosure, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto cut in with an exasperated expression and rant about how taking the medication could “kill you”.

Then, he brought on Janette Nesheiwat, a doctor, to discuss the medication and things didn’t seem to go as Cavuto had planned.

“It’s something that you can consider and you have to have a discussion with your doctor…it’s not going to be good for everyone, but it can be potentially life-saving for others. So I think it’s good to have this medication,” she said.

“Oh, I gotcha,” Cavuto said while looking displeased with the response.

Trump Says He’s Been Taking Hydoxychloroquine For “A Week And A Half”

At a White House event today the president announced that he has been prescribed hydroxychloroquine and also a Z-pack regimen

Hydroxychloroquine, a drug typically used to treat malaria, has been continuously promoted by the president as a potential treatment for those suffering from symptoms of COVID-19. While the president has tested negative for disease, he announced on Monday that he is taking both the anti-malaria drug and azithromycin (commonly referred to as a Z-pack) as a precautionary measure.

“I have been taking it for about a weekend—for about a week and a half,’ he said. ‘Every day. I take a pill every day. At some point I’ll stop.”

The president was not recommended the drug but specifically sought it out and received approval from the White House physician:

“I asked him what do you think,” Trump said. “He said, ‘Well if you’d like it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’d like it. I’d like to take it.'”

The president also said that many healthcare workers are taking it as well: “You’d be surprised at how many people are taken and especially the frontline workers before you catch it, the frontline workers many, many are taking it,” he said.

Recognizing that some patients prescribed the medication have suffered side effects, Trump said this:

“Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it. So far I seem to be okay.”

The White House physician prescribed him the medication.

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto was absolutely shocked when he heard the news:

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