Trump says he’s taking malaria drug in case he gets virus

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President Donald Trump gestures as he leaves afer a meeting with restaurant industry executives about the coronavirus response, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

By ZEKE MILLER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press 

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he is taking a malaria drug to lessen symptoms should he get the new coronavirus, even though the drug is unproven for fighting COVID-19.

Trump told reporters Monday that he has been taking the drug, hydroxychloroquine, and a zinc supplement “for about a week and a half now.”

Trump spent weeks pushing the drug as a potential cure for COVID-19 against the cautionary advice of many of his administration’s top medical professionals.

Trump says his doctor did not recommend the drug to him, but he requested it from the White House physician.

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