In what is probably the greatest folly America has witnessed inside the office of the leader of the Free World, President Donald J. Trump may crash his responsibilities into a global disaster for people everywhere.
We’re talking about these facts:
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are openly exposing their faces — sans masks — to the explosion of the fast-spreading Coronavirus catastrophe.
Both have been in the presence of the killer virus that is being carried by infected aides.
Does anyone wonder what will happen if the two top leaders in America have to spend several weeks in bed fighting the vicious virus?
Trump revealed on Monday, that he had been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug the Food and Drug Administration warned could cause serious heart problems for Coronavirus patients. He said he is taking the drug as a preventive measure and continued to test negative for the Coronavirus.
But Trump’s announcement surprised many of his aides and drew immediate criticism from a range of medical experts, who warned not just of the dangers it posed for the president’s health, but also of the example it set.
“My concern would be that the public not hear comments about the use of hydroxychloroquine and believe that taking this drug to prevent Covid-19 infection is without hazards. In fact, there are serious hazards,” Dr. Steven E. Nissen, the chief academic officer of the Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoraic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, said.
On Monday night, Dr. Manny Alvarez, on Fox News’s health news, said on air, that the president’s statement was “highly irresponsible” and asked what had changed since studies showed the drug had no benefits.
Dr. Scott Solomon, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said Trump’s decision to try the drug was up to him and his physician.
“But what is irresponsible is the example he is setting,” he said.
Earlier, Trump said he was considering taking the drug in April. But in recent weeks, he had notably stopped promoting it, as did Fox News hosts. But he suggested at a news conference that injecting disinfectants into the human body would help combat the virus, causing confused callers to flood state health hotlines and the makers of Clorox and Lysol to plead with Americans not to inject or ingest their products.
If the nation’s two top officials were unable to do their jobs for a time, who would be placed at the top of the chain of command?