Actress-turned-radical liberal activist Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to once again call for President Donald Trump to be impeached, this time calling for Democrats to “throw in the towel” if they can’t get rid of him for promoting the drug hydroxychloroquine.
“Trump can make history as the first President to be impeached twice. I mean, if putting lives in danger by pushing a drug for personal gain during a pandemic isn’t impeachmable [sic], we should just throw in the towel,” the former “Charmed” actress wrote.
Milano’s tweet came after The New York Times reported on the divide when it comes to the effectiveness of the anti-malaria medicine hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus. Even the Times could not deny that Trump may be right when he claims the drug is an effective treatment for COVID-19. “Mr. Trump may ultimately be right, and physicians report anecdotal evidence that has provided hope,” The Times wrote.
“If hydroxychloroquine becomes an accepted treatment, several pharmaceutical companies stand to profit, including shareholders and senior executives with connections to the president,” the piece continued, adding that Trump has “a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine.”
It should be noted that after investigating, MarketWatch found that Trump’s stake could be as little as $99:
The report doesn’t say how small, but it notes that his three family trusts have investments in a Dodge & Cox mutual fund whose largest holding is Sanofi. A fund that matches this description is the Dodge & Cox International Stock Fund DODFX, +5.81%, which at last check was 3.3% invested in Sanofi.
Trump’s 2019 financial-disclosure form lists stakes in Family Trusts 1, 2 and 3 valued at between $1,001 and $15,000. So if Trump has the maximum $15,000 in each of the trusts, he holds a stake in Sanofi that’s worth $1,485 — and, at the minimum, just $99.
It turns out he does look to have more than that modest sum invested in Sanofi, because, unmentioned in the Times report, his trusts also hold broader European stock-market index funds.
MarketWatch went on to point out that Trump “has a small stake in basically every big company you can think of.”
President Trump has stood by promoting the drug as a coronavirus treatment. “I’m trying to save lives,” Trump told CNN’s Jeremy Diamond on Sunday when he was asked about hydroxychloroquine. “If it doesn’t work, it’s nothing lost by doing it,” adding, “nothing.”
This piece was written by PopZette Staff on April 7, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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