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Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertPence to give keynote address at National Conservative Student Conference Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program 136 Republicans get Fs in accountability rankings from anti-Trump GOP group MORE (R-Texas) said Wednesday he will take an anti-malaria drug that experts have warned doesn’t treat the coronavirus after he tested positive for the virus. 

"My doctor and I are all-in," Gohmert said about hydroxychloroquine during a Wednesday evening interview with Fox News, according to Newsweek

"I got a text before I came on from a friend doctor who just found out he had it, and he started the regimen too — zinc and hydroxychloroquine. And that will start in a day or two, so thank you," the congressman added. 

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Congressional aides confirmed Wednesday that Gohmert, who has largely opted against wearing a mask around the Capitol, tested positive for COVID-19

President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE has touted hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus and recently retweeted a since-removed video that contained false claims about the pandemic. The video included a physician who said people don’t need to wear masks to prevent spreading the virus and criticized studies showing that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus infections, calling the studies “fake science.” 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWatch live: White House holds briefing with COVID-19 response team CDC director: Vaccinated adolescents can remove masks outdoors at summer camps The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, again stated, in light of the video, that the drug is not effective in treating COVID-19. 

Fauci told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday that scientific evidence has shown "consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.”

Trump defended retweeting the video on Wednesday. 

"I was very impressed with her and other doctors who stood with her," Trump told reporters, referring to the controversial doctor Stella Immanuel. "I think she made sense, but I know nothing about it."

"With hydroxy, all I want to do is save lives," the president added. "All I want to do is save lives."