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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

President Donald Trump has a "small financial interest" in the maker of an anti-malarial drug that he has been touting as a "game changer" in treating coronavirus, according to The New York Times.

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Major Producer of Hydroxychloroquine Once Paid Michael Cohen Hefty Sum for Access to Trump

President Donald Trump on Sunday once again touted the potential life-saving benefits of treating coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine, a powerful anti-malaria drug, despite a dearth of medical professionals or clinical evidence supporting his claims. It just so happens that one of the largest manufacturers of the drug, Novartis, previously paid Trump's now-incarcerated former personal attorney Michael Cohen more than $1 million for healthcare policy insight following Trump's election in 2016.
The Swiss drug maker signed a contract that paid Cohen's newly formed limited-liability corporation Essential Consultants $100,000 per month in February of 2017. After details of the deal were leaked by the now-jailed Michael Avenatti, whose then-client Stormy Daniels was engaged in a legal dispute with the president, the company's CEO issued a public apology saying Novartis "made a mistake" in contracting with the president's personal attorney.

lawandcrime.com

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-07 01:25 PM | Reply

Poor old Emoluments Clause. We never knew you.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-07 01:31 PM | Reply

Just remember. Trump didn't tell anyone, over and over and over again, to take hydroxychloroquin.

If Jeff or RoC ever recover from breaking their backs, from all the water they've been carrying.

They'll show up to tell you nothing it Trumps's fault. It's all China's fault.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-04-07 01:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

'President Donald Trump has a "small financial interest"'

How small is it, exactly?

A President of the United States who stands to make money from COVID-19 treatment is a president who has a vested interest in the spread of the disease.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-07 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A President of the United States who stands to make money from COVID-19 treatment is a president who has a vested interest in the spread of the disease.
#4 | POSTED BY ZED

When you're talking about 330 million people, even a small investment can become MASSIVE in a short period of time.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-07 02:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Maybe Trump will use the war powers act and demand that Novartis deliver the drug at cost.

Hahahahahahahahahaha

#6 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-07 02:39 PM | Reply

#4 POSTED BY ZED

How small is it, exactly?

About $99.00.

www.breitbart.com

#7 | Posted by helio at 2020-04-07 07:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

About $99.00.
www.breitbart.com
#7 | POSTED BY HELIO

More like "could be as low as $99.10."

But only, IF ONLY there was a way to actually find out one way or the other.

if. only.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-07 07:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump, like millions of other people have diversified portfolios that include pharm companies.

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-04-07 09:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I read another article that theorizes Trump's main motivation this time isn't primarily financial. Even though he bluffs in public, it's sinking in through his orange skin that as this pandemic worsens and worsens due to his feckless leadership, if the drug cocktail he continues to tout can even be tied to modest success, Trump will claim he cured Covid while everyone else told him that he was stupid. Trump's right again because he says so!

It's just another Trump play like all others and sadly, I can see him pulling this off because of how he controls the media into repeating his narrative in a continuous loop making it seem true even if it isn't.

We're seen this over and over going on 5 years now.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-07 09:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Phesterboyle,

What is the extent of Trump's interest in this company?

#11 | Posted by anton at 2020-04-07 09:39 PM | Reply

It's just another Trump play like all others and sadly, I can see him pulling this off because of how he controls the media into repeating his narrative in a continuous loop making it seem true even if it isn't.

We're seen this over and over going on 5 years now.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-07 09:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

This is a great point. I was listening to similar rationale presented by a pundit that went this way: Covid currently has about an 80/20 ratio, 80% who get it suffer mild symptoms and are just fine, 20% who suffer more severe symptoms many of whom need hospitalization and about 1-4% are dying. So if everybody in that 20% gets the drug cocktail, even if it does NOTHING, if it were a placebo, Drumpf will claim that he is a genius and he saved the 16-19% who would have recovered anyway. And worst of all, the mainstream media (mostly the beltway press) will go along with him. Oh, and from what I've read, the drug cocktail isn't saving anybody, for a few it simply masks the symptoms so they seem less severe. Some Swedish hospitals have stopped using hydroxychloroquine due to severe side effects, in this case the cure really is worse than the disease.
www.newsweek.com

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-04-07 09:57 PM | Reply

This is why we have a constitution that forbids this. He should be removed today.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-04-07 10:40 PM | Reply

"As the American people see it is an effective treatment"

which will never happen since it isn't.

is trump still gonna win 20 percent of the black vote, ira?

you're a joke.

#15 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-04-07 10:43 PM | Reply

No, it is even more dastardly. Trump knows that HCQ and z-pak work

That would require Trump reading. Trump doesn't read.

He doesn't "know" -----, just as you clearly don't know ----- except what you've been told to sell here.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-08 12:00 AM | Reply

we are talking about a pandemic and magahead is touting one case.

you are not a scientist of any sort.

#20 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-04-08 12:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Says the guy with months old debunked articles thinking they are cutting edge.

Which one was that?

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-08 12:24 AM | Reply

Ignorance does not have to be a permanent state.

So what's your excuse?

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-08 12:24 AM | Reply

An international poll of more than 6,000 doctors released Thursday found that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine was the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus.

#23 | POSTED BY MAGA_2020

Why did you change the description, schitberg?

Only about a third of the MDs have treated suspected or confirmed cases and answered the question. 37% of that third rated chloroquine as the best with nothing being a not so distant third.

Why did you get the boot, schitberg? And why do you insist on coming back to spread your ignorance and misinformation?

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-08 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

You need to explain how the woman is too stupid to know what cured her.

She gets as much credit for "knowing" what cured her as this guy does. www.foxnews.com

None.

#25 | Posted by et_al at 2020-04-08 12:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

www.washingtontimes.com
An international poll of more than 6,000 doctors released Thursday found that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine was the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus.

#23 | POSTED BY MAGA_2020 AT 2020-04-08 12:45 AM | REPLY

Good luck convincing anyone that this story is credible coming from this cult rag unless it'a another moonie.

#26 | Posted by Badcat at 2020-04-08 01:00 AM | Reply

No, seriously Goldberg, we see you through the Groucho mustache,

Socially isolate yourself.

#28 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-04-08 03:56 AM | Reply

Trump, like millions of other people have diversified portfolios that include pharm companies.

#9 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Trump is not "like" millions of other people.

He is supposed to be the President.

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-08 11:46 AM | Reply

An international poll of more than 6,000 doctors released Thursday found that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine was the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus.

#23 | POSTED BY MAGA_2020

Love how this got removed for being a lie.

fullfact.org

Even the Poll was dismal on the drug: 37% recommended it of the 15 options the Survey allowed. Only 37%!

And it wasn't even the most prescribed treatment! It was friggin 3rd!

Why? Because we have NO evidence it works. Studies haven't been able to demonstrate repeatedly that it is actually helpful.
www.goodrx.com

#30 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-08 11:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

None.
#25 | POSTED BY ET_AL

HAHAHAHA!

#31 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-08 03:52 PM | Reply

#30 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

But the POTUS has a small financial stake in the drug's producer. So...

#32 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-08 03:53 PM | Reply

President Donald Trump has been peddling hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure and his Wednesday press conference is no different. However, his latest claim is now that zinc is "good," too.

"And zinc, they say zinc. You should add zinc," Trump said. It's unclear who "they" is. He also claimed that people should ask their doctors for the zinc, which is available as a vitamin at the local pharmacy.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd was forced to break into the Trump press conference to clarify and fact-check Trump. Todd asked Dr. Vin Gupta what Trump was talking about.

"I don't know," he confessed. The comments about zinc were mystifying. There is no evidence I've seen in the literature suggesting zinc in addition to hydroxychloroquine, would be helpful. So I think this is another one of those unknowns that should temper his enthusiasm."

Raw Story

Congratulations, Trumpublicans. You actually voted for a snake oil salesman.

#33 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-04-08 07:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The orange diaper sniper also has a financial interest in stealing from cancer charities.

#34 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-04-08 09:10 PM | Reply

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