Nancy Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ Trump should not take malaria drug

Donald Trump should not be taking unapproved drugs as a preventative measure for coronavirus as he is “morbidly obese”, Nancy Pelosi says.

Mr Trump revealed he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for the last week and a half in pill form and has had “zero symptoms”.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 programme, house speaker Mrs Pelosi said: “As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he would not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say.

“As far as the President is concerned, he’s our President and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group — morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it’s not a good idea.

The president, who is 73, passed the official threshold for being considered obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30.4, in February last year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a BMI of 40 or above is considered morbidly obese.

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