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Career health officials ‘warned’ not to contradict Trump on his favorite unproven COVID-19 drug: report

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President Donald Trump keeps pushing the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, even though health experts have repeatedly warned him that there is not enough evidence to make a definitive call on its benefits for the disease.

Even though Dr. Anthony Fauci has been outspoken in his skepticism of using hydroxychloroquine, Politico reports that other career health officials behind the scenes have “been warned not to publicly speak out and potentially contradict Trump,” even as they’ve raised concerns about “the risk to some Americans’ heart health and other complications” from taking the drug.

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One career official tells Politico that Trump’s obsession with hydroxychloroquine was a “Hail Mary” intended to get the crisis over with as quickly as possible — and to reduce media focus on his administration’s lack of preparation for the pandemic.

“There’d be less focus on [hydroxychloroquine] now if we had planned better then,” the official said.

In the meantime, reports Politico, health officials like Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx have struggled to convince the president that it’s highly unlikely the drug will be some kind of miracle cure that will get the economy back up quickly.

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Trump ridiculed for his late-night ‘OPEN THE SCHOOLS’ rant: ‘Eat your Big Mac and shut up’

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President Donald Trump demanded local school boards reopen schools during a late night tweet sent after 11 p.m. on Monday.

"OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!" Trump demanded, in all capital letters with three exclamation marks.

The president was harshly criticized for his tweet, here's some of what people were saying:

Dear Stupid,

You can't even get your own son's school to open.

They have refused.

The school where your son Barron is being educated refuses to open because it's not safe.

Now sit there, eat your Big Mac, and shut up.

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