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Trump Offers Use Of WH Doctor To Michigan Rep. Who Survived Coronavirus With Lyme Disease

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President Donald Trump offered Democratic state Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit, Michigan use of the White House physician Tuesday to treat her Lyme disease, which posed additional risks as she suffered from the coronavirus she recently recovered from.

“I’m a little surprised I can’t do something with your Lyme disease. Lyme disease is really tough,” Trump said as Whitsett described her symptoms, which include increased lethargy.

Whitsett replied that she’s been working to support Michiganders seeking treatment for the condition, which is an issue that rests in the hands of the federal government.

“I need you on that,” she told the President, adding that she doesn’t have a doctor “any longer” in Michigan who can treat her Lyme disease.

“I could even have you see the doctor over here,” Trump said as he called the doctor into the room and directed members of his staff to “Ask the White House doctor to come. Seriously. Because Lyme disease can be very very bad… Is it legal for me to use the White House doctor?”

He added, “You know what, if it’s not, I will suffer the repercussions I don’t care. The Democrats might not like that, you know.”

The President’s offer and familiarity with the disease came as a surprise to Whitsett, who was visiting the White House to participate in a roundtable of coronavirus survivors sharing their stories of recovery, many of them applauding the President’s authorization of the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug.

“If President Trump had not talked about this, it wouldn’t have been something that would be accessible for anyone to be able to get right now,” the lawmaker told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last week.

She reiterated that sentiment as she sat alongside Trump Tuesday, saying she was grateful he spoke publicly about the possible benefits of using the controversial hydroxychloroquine therapeutic treatment.

“I wouldn’t be here today to even have this conversation with you and to be able to talk about the needs of Detroit and to talk about the people who really need this,” she said, crediting the anti-malarial medication for curing her of COVID19.

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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”

Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

 

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