President Trump hosted Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett — who credits his promotion of a malaria drug with her recovery from coronavirus — and other COVID-19 survivors at the White House on Tuesday.
“I don’t see her voting for Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump said, seated about six feet from Whitsett, a Democrat, in the White House Cabinet Room.
Whitsett says her symptoms receded after taking hydroxychloroquine, after hearing Trump promote the drug.
“I honestly felt I was going to die,” Whitsett said. “I’m telling my story and my truth.”
Whitsett added: “It can’t be just based on my name and your name. It needs to be something that’s readily available to everyone in the city of Detroit.”
Trump mused that the drug would be more popular if people other than he pushed it.
“It’s an unbelievable malaria drug and it’s an incredibly lupus drug … I haven’t heard a bad story,” Trump said.
Trump’s promotion of the drug has been controversial and received pushback from White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci.
A small Brazilian study using high doses of a related drug, chloroquine, was canceled after some patients reportedly developed irregular heartbeats.