Trump slams Cavuto, Fox News on Twitter
President Trump is looking for a new media outlet after Fox News’ Neil Cavuto criticized him on-air for taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19.
During his show on Monday, Cavuto said: “The president insisted that hydroxychloroquine has enormous benefits for patients either trying to prevent or already have Covid-19. The fact of the matter is, though, when the president said, ‘What have you got to lose?’ the number of studies show the population has one thing to lose: their lives.”
The host went even further with this hard-hitting line: “If 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. I cannot stress that enough. This will kill you.”
Cavuto was responding to comments the president had made earlier in the day while answering questions from reporters. Trump revealed that he has taken a hydroxychloroquine pill every day for a week and a half.
The president has repeatedly pushed hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, as an effective treatment for coronavirus despite the the FDA warning against using the drug outside of the hospital setting due to risk of heart rhythm problems.
Cavuto mentioned a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help prove his point.
“A VA study showed that among a population in a hospital receiving this treatment, those with vulnerable conditions: respiratory conditions, heart ailments they died,” said Cavuto.
The monologue resulted in the president retweeting several Twitter posts attacking the Fox host. The tweets called Cavuto “foolish,” “gullible” and “an asshole.” Trump then took to Twitter himself saying that Fox News was no longer the same.
“We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!” Trump tweeted.
Roger Ailes, who died in 2017, served as head of the Fox News network before resigning in 2016 due to numerous allegations of sexual harassment. He was a debate prep advisor to Trump during the 2016 election.
Trump dismissed the VA study saying it was conducted by people who were “not Trump fans.” He said he gets a lot of “tremendously positive news on the hydroxy” and likes to use the expression … “what do you have to lose?” The verdict is still out on that question but for Cavuto…hydroxychloroquine just cost him a high profile viewer, the President of the United States.