Fox News host Neil Cavuto responded critically to President Donald Trump’s weekend announcement that he has been taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in hopes of preventing a coronavirus infection, as Business Insider reported.
Soon after, Trump reacted on Twitter, at one point even declaring that Cavuto’s network was “no longer the same” and that he would be searching for a replacement news source, according to the Washington Examiner.
“We miss the great Roger Ailes,” he tweeted, referencing Fox’s deceased ex-CEO. “You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!”
“A leap that should not be taken casually”
The president also shared tweets from other users, some of whom expressed criticism more directly targeted at Cavuto, as Scope News noted.
Those posts came following the host’s warning to viewers that taking hydroxychloroquine can be dangerous. He cited studies like the one conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which found no concrete evidence that the drug is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19, according to Forbes.
“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus, or in a worst-case scenario, you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you,” Cavuto said, according to the Washington Examiner.
He went on to continue downplaying the drug’s effectiveness, describing benefits being touted by Trump and others as “a leap that should not be taken casually by those watching at home,” the Examiner noted.
A short time later, however, Cavuto was joined on air by a physician who described the medication’s possible benefits in a more optimistic tone.
“Look at each patient individually”
According to Breitbart, Dr. Janette Nesheiwat said hydroxychloroquine is “not new,” adding that she has administered it to patients with the virus. Though she acknowledged that not every patient benefited, she stressed that doctors “need to look at each patient individually.”
Citing recent news that individuals close to the president have tested positive for the coronavirus, Nesheiwat called his decision to take the experimental treatment “very smart,” Breitbart added.
This week’s tweets represent just the latest time Trump has complained about Fox News coverage. In April, he said the channel’s weekend afternoon coverage is “a total waste of time” and cited One America News Network as one of the “great alternatives” available.
Indeed, as America and the world rush toward the development of an effective vaccine or treatment, Nesheiwat is not alone in applauding the president for exploring this drug’s potential benefits — and Fox isn’t the only outlet sharing such news.