Updated May 19, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Stunned Fox News host reacts to Trump taking hydroxychloroquine

Immediately after President Trump revealed that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure for the coronavirus, Fox News host Neil Cavuto warned viewers that the drug could have deadly consequences for patients with health risks: "It will kill you. I cannot stress enough."

Why it matters: The FDA issued a warning last month that hydroxychloroquine, which has not been proven to prevent coronavirus infections, could cause heart complications in positive COVID-19 patients.

What they’re saying: Cavuto cited multiple studies disproving Trump's claims on the drug's effectiveness in treating the virus, and he rebuked the president's suggestion that there is "nothing to lose."

  • "If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus, or worst-case scenario you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you. I cannot stress enough, this will kill you."
  • "This is a leap that should not be taken casually by those watching at home, or assuming, well the president of the United States says it's OK. ... I only make this not to make a political point here, but a life-and-death point. Be very, very careful."

What he's saying: Trump retweeted a Twitter user who criticized Cavuto's report with the comment that FoxNews "is no longer the same."

  • "We miss the great Roger Ailes," Trump added, in reference to the network's the former founder, chairman and CEO, who died in 2017. "You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!"

Editor's note: This article has been updated with Trump's comments.

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