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Nine Questions For The White House Physician On The President’s Use Of Hydroxychloroquine

Reprinted with permission from JustSecurity

President Donald Trump's announcement on May 18 that he had secretly begun taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine 10 days before coincides with the revelation that two senior White House aides tested positive for COVID-19 and the sudden initiation of a White House policy for staffers to wear masks. When press secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained the new White House Policy back then, she did not disclose, perhaps because she did not know, that the president was taking hydroxychloroquine. "I think it's good," Trump said on Monday. "I've heard a lot of good stories. And if it's not good, I'll tell you right. I'm not going to get hurt by it."

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Key Moments From The Coronavirus Whistleblower’s Testimony

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Watch Rick Bright's full opening statement www.youtube.com

It was obvious that Rick Bright's Thursday testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce was really getting to President Donald Trump when he denounced the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority as a "disgruntled employee" — which is exactly the type of insult that Trump resorts to when someone gets under his skin (journalist Scott Martelle, in a Los Angeles Times op-ed, argued that Trump's insult only adds to Bright's credibility).

Bright, during his extensive testimony, had a lot to say about the coronavirus pandemic and Trump's response to it — explaining why he issued a whistleblower complaint. According to Bright's complaint, he was removed from his position at BARDA in April and reassigned to a different position in the National Institutes of Health because he didn't share Trump's enthusiasm for hydroxychloroquine as a possible COVID-19 treatment.

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‘Lives Were Lost’: Dr. Bright Laments Trump’s Inept Pandemic Response

Dr. Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, told Congress on Thursday that the federal government obtained substandard foreign masks that do not keep medical workers safe from COVID-19.

Bright was asked by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) at a House Committee on Energy and Commerce's health subcommittee hearing about the consequences of the Trump administration's monthslong delay in mounting an aggressive response to the pandemic. Bright answered that, "lives were endangered, and I believe lives were lost."

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