Coronavirus US live: Trump claims to take hydroxychloroquine and threatens to withdraw US from WHO

Posted by on May 19, 2020 8:32 am
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In Congress, the Senate banking, housing and urban affairs committee will today hear from treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, about federal stimulus efforts for the cratering US economy.

Short version: Powell wants more spending, Mnuchin doesn’t, and neither do Republicans who control the Senate. The House passed a $3tn bill on Friday but Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows it isn’t going anywhere.

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Fox News hosts reacted in differing ways to Trump’s declaration that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, to guard against the coronavirus despite the FDA saying that is a bad idea.

Fox News, you’ll remember, enthusiastically joined the president in touting the drug in the early stages of the pandemic, until trial results came back and did not provide the results for which its proponents had been hoping. Safe to say, Trump’s Monday bombshell set off a few explosions.

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