Trump trusts his gut, outside advice on hydroxychloroquine


President Donald Trump’s announcement that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine to fend off coronavirus has evolved into the pandemic’s latest political dividing line Tuesday as aides scrambled to explain his embrace of the untested therapy.

Trump’s unprompted disclosure that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for nearly two weeks despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration once again prompted questions about whether he is following advice from his own medical experts or is trusting his gut as he navigates the worst public health crisis in generations.

From refusing to wear a face mask in public despite a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to shelving federal guidance this month on reopening, Trump has framed his decisions as matters of personal choice rather than driven by science – a message that has resonated with some of his core supporters.

His moves have also drawn a sharp stylistic contrast with Democrat Joe Biden, whose campaign to unseat Trump has largely followed the advice of public health experts by refraining from events and urging Americans to follow public health guidelines.

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