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Fauci, Navarro got into heated argument over unproven COVID-19 treatment: report

Added 04-05-20 07:57:01pm EST - “Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, reportedly clashed recently with President Trump's top trade representative Peter Navarro over the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and its use as a possible treatment…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Fauci, Navarro got into heated argument over unproven COVID-19 treatment: report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump warns 'there will be a lot of death' in the coming week How deadly is the coronavirus? MORE, the nation's top infectious disease expert, reportedly clashed recently with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE's top trade representative Peter Navarro over the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and its use as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

During a meeting Saturday first reported by Axios, Navarro reportedly accused Fauci of opposing the administration's temporary ban on travel from China after Fauci cautioned against the administration promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus.

"You were the one who early on objected to the travel restrictions with China," Navarro reportedly told Fauci.

There's no evidence Fauci has ever publicly criticized the administration's approach to travel from China amid the outbreak, and on March 12 Fauci praised such a policy during a press briefing.

Trump officials including the president himself have touted the possibility of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus, though the drug is not proven to be effective according to Fauci himself during a recent press conference.

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