(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- President Donald Trump met a Democratic State Representative for Michigan on Wednesday who thanked him for the recommendation of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the Chinese coronavirus. Karen Whitsett hit headlines in recent weeks when she credited Trump for saving her life, as she never would have known about the treatment.
.@realDonaldTrump offers to let Dem State Rep. Karen Whitsett use WH doctor to treat her Lyme disease after she says she can’t get treated in Michigan.
“Is it legal for me allow her to use the WH doctor? You know what? If it’s not, I’ll suffer the consequences, I don’t care.” pic.twitter.com/ECZtuIytkf
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) April 14, 2020
Speaking at the White House, Whitsett explained how she was “afraid” for her life, and that she felt like she was “going to die” as all the hospitals in her area were full. Whitsett was diagnosed with the coronavirus but has since made a full recovery.
She told the press that her fears were compounded by the fact that she already suffers from chronic Lyme disease.
“Thank you for everything that you have done,” she said to President Trump. “I did not know that saying thank you had a political line. I thought just saying thank you meant, thank you.”
Whitsett was referencing the backlash she has seen ever since saying the president’s suggestion saved her life. Hydroxychloroquine is already approved by the FDA, but only for the treatment of other conditions. President Trump has been criticized by many Democrats, including former presidential candidate Kamala Harris, for suggesting it should be used to treat the virus.
Harris even went as far as labeling the president a “drug pusher.”
Whitsett, however, used the opportunity to set the record straight.
“I’m telling my story and my truth,” she said.
Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan. So glad you are getting better! https://t.co/v6z46rUDtg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020
Whitsett was joined by several others who have recovered from the disease, including former NFL player Mark Campbell. He described how he spent 30 days in quarantine to avoid spreading the disease, and that his experience was “lonely.”
The president thanked the attendees for sharing their stories before telling the press that he believes it’s time to start reopening the economy.
“I think we’re going to beat those 100,000 deaths, can you believe it?” he said. “We made the right moves, now it’s time to get our country reopened again.”