The anti-malaria drug has not been approved for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but it has become a favorite talking-point in conservative media.
But Cavuto warned viewers not to emulate the president.
“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus ... it will kill you,” Cavuto said. “I cannot stress this enough: This will kill you.”
Fox News's Neil Cavuto is stunned by Trump's announcement that he's taking hydroxychloroquine: "If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment ... it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you." pic.twitter.com/e6D5alfAgc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2020
While many Fox News hosts routinely lavish praise on the president ― and host Laura Ingraham has been one of the biggest media proponents of taking hydroxychloroquine ― the comments from Cavuto set Trump off.
He claimed on Twitter that he was ready to change the channel:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
Trump’s comments also included praise for Roger Ailes, the late Fox News CEO who left the network after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.
Despite that history, Ailes served as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump’s anger at the network drew a sharp response from his critics:
Democratically elected presidents don't "look for a new outlet," they don't run propaganda machines. The press in this country is supposed to be free & independent & no more a tool of the presidency that the Justice Department is supposed to be.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) May 19, 2020
If you look on the back of your prescription bottle it should list which cable news hosts are trustworthy.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) May 19, 2020
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.