Nancy Pelosi Says She's Surprised Trump Is 'So Sensitive' Over Her 'Morbidly Obese' Comment
“I think he should recognize his words weigh a ton,” said Nancy Pelosi
The House speaker, 80, said on Monday that it's "not a good idea" for the president, 73, to take the unproven hydroxychloroquine drug as a coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention because of his age and that he's "morbidly obese." Trump didn't take Pelosi's comments in stride.
“Oh, I don’t respond to her. I think she’s a waste of time,” he told reporters yesterday when asked about Pelosi, claiming that she is a “sick woman."
Pelosi appeared on MSNBC's Deadline White House on Tuesday, telling host Nicolle Wallace that she "had no idea" that Trump would be upset over being called "morbidly obese."
“I didn’t know that he would be so sensitive. He’s always talking about other people’s ... weight, their pounds,” she said, adding, “I think he should recognize his words weigh a ton.”
In 2019, Trump's annual physical found he weighed 243 pounds, and that he is considered clinically obese on the body mass index scale.
Trump revealed on Monday during a press conference that he has been taking the controversial hydroxychloroquine — an anti-malarial drug that research has proved ineffective with COVID-19 and is even linked to a higher death rate.
"He's our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists," Pelosi told CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday.
At the press briefing when Trump raised concerns by personally touting the drug, he said, "If it is not good, I will tell you right."
"I'm not going to get hurt by it. It has been around for 40 years for malaria, for lupus, for other things. I take it," he shared, claiming that he has had "zero symptoms" and he has been taking the pill "every day."
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Early research indicates the drug has poor results in protecting against COVID-19, and a recent Veterans Affairs study found that patients who took the drug died at a higher rate than those who did not.
More research into the drug is still needed, but their results indicate that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment and should not be used on COVID-19 patients, said the study's authors. The study took into consideration several factors, including body mass index.
In a letter from the president's physician, Sean P. Conley, the doctor said that they "concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighs the relative risks" of hydroxychloroquine. Conley said, however, that he would continue to monitor studies.
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