Trump Wonders Aloud If He Should Be Taking Insulin During White House Event and His Surgeon General Had to Step In
President Donald Trump raised eyebrows earlier this month when he announced he'd been taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine—a brutal anti-malarial drug Trump claims shows promise in warding off the virus, despite little more than anecdotal evidence.
It turns out hydroxychloroquine isn't the only drug Trump muses about taking for no reason.
At a speech geared towards seniors with diabetes on Tuesday, the President jokingly asked if he should take insulin.
Trump: I don’t use insulin. Should I be? Huh? I never thought about it. https://t.co/rGv3tLru0d— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1590525528.0
"I don't use Insulin. Should I be? I never thought about it, but I know a lot of people are very badly affected, right? unbelievable."
It wasn't long before a reporter asked Trump if someone who doesn't have diabetes should take insulin, and that's when Trump referred to Surgeon General Jerome Adams to bail him out.
WATCH LIVE: President Trump speaks on protecting seniors with diabetes — 5/26/2020 youtu.be
In an effort to validate Trump's speculation about insulin, Adams said:
"Your body, Mr. President, actually makes insulin endogenously and people such as you and I, we make our own insulin. So, yes, we do utilize insulin, but we make it ourselves. Other people who have diabetes oftentimes need exogenous insulin...so that they can be healthy and live long and successful lives."
Good save, General.
America’s @Surgeon_General is an embarrassment, which is disheartening to point out since he’s a nice dude. But he’… https://t.co/a77c416CZA— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien)1590528160.0
Trump getting basic biology lessons on the fly. https://t.co/GXHpwKAdR5— Sir Eccles (@Sir Eccles)1590528833.0
Sweet Christmas https://t.co/pRVHWtSXI7— dave (@dave)1590528057.0
I think I learned this in like third grade. Awesome President you assholes voted for. https://t.co/XlLx0tIXdl— Mike Mohr (@Mike Mohr)1590529426.0
And what's with Trump's fixation on taking unnecessary drugs?
yeah i mean lets just all inject drugs into our bodies that aren't fucking prescribed to us you only live once righ… https://t.co/8kME1zM2qu— Stephanie Wittels Wachs (@Stephanie Wittels Wachs)1590530322.0
If Biden said this, it'd be a story for days. https://t.co/EZAWSsmgve— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1590530405.0
I don't have a prescription for insulin, should I phone one in? I never thought about it because I AM NOT A DIABETI… https://t.co/NlNUy01zoZ— Paulette Feeney (@Paulette Feeney)1590526328.0
What a mess.