The most prominent figure in the video, Stella Emmanuel – who has said in the past that DNA from space aliens is being used in medicine – was not found with Pence.
But many others who have actively promoted hydroxychloroquine and eradicated the virus attended a late-afternoon meeting in the White House Roosevelt Room, as did the head of a conservative activist group that enhanced his message. Has helped.
“We have just met Vice President Mike Pence to request the administration’s assistance in preserving hydroxychloroquine without political hindrance,” the group’s leader, Simon Gold, tweeted. “We also discussed the recent censorship of doctors on social media platforms.”
“Just finished a wonderful meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and his Chief of Staff,” another participant, James Todaro, tweeted. “We are doing everything to restore the power of the drug back to the doctors. The doctors everywhere should be able to prescribe hydroxychloroquine without any consequences or interruptions.”
Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin also said she was present.
“Docs need to be able to prescribe drugs approved by the FDA for their patients as they can before the Kovid w / o Gov intervention,” Martin tweeted.
The Vice President’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the meeting.
The group was represented in the video and later frontline doctors at the White House, US, say its members are practicing doctors who have treated patients with coronovirus. Pence’s program described the meeting as a “practicing physicians on COVID-19” session.
But it was not immediately clear how many patients doctors have treated. The group has the support of the Tea Party Patriots, who promoted their news conference in the Supreme Court this week.
Both the Tea Party Patriots and the Doctor Group have halted the extended economic shutdown to prevent the spread of the virus.
Gould, the leader of the group, has said that people do not need to wear masks and has reduced the severity of the virus, including in May when he compared the flu and called it “a disease of patients with actually pre-existing conditions” Even more nursing home patients. ”
Participants’ descriptions of their meeting with Pence suggest that the gathering was primarily focused on hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that has not been proven effective for treating coronavirus or preventing a person from catching it.
Trump has been a prominent proponent of the drug, and even took a course himself when some White House staff members became infected in May.
But top administration health experts have said that there is no evidence that the drug is effective.
Following Trump’s tweet on the matter on Tuesday, America’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he agreed with the Food and Drug Administration that “massive clinical trials looking at the efficacy of hydrochlorchloroquine have indicated.” It is not effective in coronavirus disease. “
Trump insisted otherwise during Tuesday’s briefing, with many suggesting that hydroxychloroquine is safe and effective against coronaviruses.
But he seemed to go back when pressed about the statements in the video, including “You don’t need a mask” and the doctor’s previous statements about foreign DNA used in medical treatment.
“I felt that his voice was an important voice, but I knew nothing about him,” Trump said before his sudden departure from the briefing room.
On Wednesday, the president reiterated that he was “very impressed” with Emmanuel and other doctors in the video.
Trump said he did not know any of the doctors’ history before retweeting the message, and disapproved of the decision to remove it from social media, saying, “He lowered her voice.”
Trump said on South Lawn, “She was making statements about hydroxychloroquine with other doctors who swear by it.” I was very impressed with that. I don’t know anything about him. I had never seen him before. “
Trump reiterated his support for unprovoked anti-malaria: “All I want to do is save people’s lives.”
“I am a believer in hydroxy,” Trump said.
Asked later about studies showing several Americans that the vaccine could not be accepted, Trump said he was not worried – but he was more focused on treatment.
“I’m a big medical person,” he said.
Betsy Klein of CNN contributed to this report.