Trump, who recirculated the video Monday night in multiple tweets that have since been deleted, defended it at Tuesday’s task force briefing. “I think they’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular,” he said, without specifying which one.
But CNN’s Kaitlan Collins doubled back on the topic of Immanuel, who also touted the zero-evidence claim that hydroxychloroquine is a “cure for Covid.”
“The woman that you said is ‘a great doctor’ in that video that you retweeted last night said that masks don’t work and there is a cure for COVID-19—both of which health experts say is not true,” Collins said to Trump. “She’s also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens and that they’re trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious. So what’s the logic in retweeting that?”
Trump questioned whether it was same woman. “Well maybe it’s the same, maybe it’s not,” he said, “but I can tell you this. She was on air, along with many other doctors, they were big fans of hydroxychloroquine. And I thought she was very impressive, in the sense that from where she came—I don’t know which country she comes from—but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients and I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”
But when reporters persisted in asking Trump about his push for mask wearing last week, he abruptly ended the briefing—as in, ran for cover.
Guess what? Trump’s not going to win over the suburbs touting the hydroxychloroquine claims of a woman who promotes alien DNA cures and warns of demon sperm.
Watch Trump crash and burn.
NEW: Asked about video he shared featuring figure blasting masks recommendations and touting hydroxychloroquine, Pres. Trump said, “I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”
Pressed further, Trump left the briefing room. https://t.co/GHTRg6uS9t pic.twitter.com/3IJwksjCjK
— ABC News (@ABC) July 28, 2020