Pelosi hits Trump where it hurts: 'Not a good idea' for him to take hydroxychloroquine because he’s 'morbidly obese'

Pelosi hits Trump where it hurts: 'Not a good idea' for him to take hydroxychloroquine because he’s 'morbidly obese'
AFGE members and AFGE National President Cox join Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer at the Capitol to discuss the partial government shutdown and impact on federal workers. AFGE

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., questioned President Donald Trump's purported use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic Monday because of his "age group" and "weight group."

"I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group — morbidly obese, they say," Pelosi told CNN. "So, I think that it's not a good idea."

Pelosi appeared to allude to Trump's 2019 physical, which found that he weighed 243 lbs. and had a body mass index of 30.4, inserting him into the "obese" category, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Pelosi's comments came after Trump claimed to be taking the unproven drug he repeatedly hyped as a potential coronavirus treatment as a prophylactic to prevent catching it despite the risk of side effects and little evidence of its effectiveness.

"Here's my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it," Trump said Monday. "So far, I seem to be OK."

The White House later issued a statement from White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, though the statement did not actually say Trump was taking the drug nor that had Conley recommended it.

"After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from the treatment outweighed the relative risks," Conley said, carefully referring to the drug being used as a "treatment" — not a prophylactic.

Though the letter did not actually say that Trump was taking the drug, White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah told reporters that the drug was prescribed to the president, and he was taking it.

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