MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow suggested Friday night that President Trump’s daily coronavirus press briefings should be taken off the air during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the president’s “misinformation” surrounding the outbreak could “cost lives.”
“I know we ought to be getting used to this kind of thing by now, but I’m not. President Trump today, again, just flat-out wrong in public about this malaria drug that has gotten stuck in his mind, quite some distance from the facts,” Maddow said.
Maddow suggested airing relevant, fact-checked highlights after the briefing instead of broadcasting his lies unchallenged.
“If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape but if he keeps lying like this every day on stuff this important, all of us should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s gonna cost lives,” she added on the program.
Maddow: If Trump is going to keep lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should, all of us, stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it's going to cost lives. pic.twitter.com/tMvyrE3YTK
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) March 21, 2020
At a coronavirus task force press conference on Friday, Trump declared that malaria medication, which doctors are hoping to use to treat COVID-19, was effective at battling the disease.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, walked back Trump’s false assertion, saying the drug has yet to go through official clinical trials and doesn’t yet have FDA approval to fight to the virus.