DONALD Trump last night backed claims the White House coronavirus expert Dr Anthony Fauci misled the nation by not endorsing an anti-malaria drug.
The president retweeted posts critical of Dr Fauci plus videos of a controversial doctor who dubiously claimed hydroxychloroquine was a Covid-19 “cure”.
The drug has been touted as a treatment for the virus by Trump, although scientific studies across the world have so far found it ineffective and unsafe.
But Trump, who said he was no longer taking the drug after revealing that he had been taking one every day for over a week to stave off coronavirus, continues to champion its use.
In a Twitter spree last night Trump retweeted a video of Dr Stella Immanuel claiming hydroxychloroquine works in battling the virus.
The video was published by the right-wing media outlet Breitbart News.
It showed Dr Immanuel and others calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” staging a press conference in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
Here she blasted “fake doctors” who doubt the efficacy of the drug, and claimed it’s a “cure”, adding “you don’t need a mask”.
She said: “If some fake science comes out and says we’ve done studies and they found out that it doesn’t work, I can tell you categorically it’s fake science.
“I want to know who’s conducted that study and who’s behind it.
“Because there is no way I have treated 350 patients and counting and nobody is dead.”
Video of her fiery speech was shared on Twitter where it racked up over 14million views.
But Twitter along with Facebook and YouTube pulled down videos of her claims, and Trumps retweets, claiming it was spreading misinformation about the pandemic.
After initially being approved for use by a number of countries for treating Covid-19, concerns emerged about its safety of the medicine.
The powerful drug can cause a number of side effects, including heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage, warn researchers.
Meanwhile the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning due to the increased risk of heart problems.
France, Italy and Belgium halted the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients suffering from Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, amid questions about its safety.
Their decision follows a World Health Organization (WHO) decision to pause a large trial of hydroxychloroquine due to safety fears.
Trump’s retweets come as the US struggles to bring the relentless spread of the virus under control.
So far nearly 146,000 Americans have perished and 4.2million have become infected with 55,000 new cases recorded yesterday.
And Dr Fauci said thousands more Americans could lose their lives in the coming months.
He told CNN: “If you look at the deaths as they’re occurring right now — about 1,000 per day — unless we get our arms around this and get it suppressed, we are going to have further suffering and further death.
“That’s the reason why, as I’ve often said many, many times, there are things that we can do right now in the absence of a vaccine that can turn us around.”
At least 27 states hit a pause on coming out of lockdown or even reintroduced restrictions.
More than 40 states require masks to be worn.
A Facebook spokesperson said to CNN on removing the clip: “We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for Covid-19.”
The Sun Online has contacted Twitter but it declined to comment.