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President Trump and his allies in conservative media have subtly scaled down their hyping of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the coronavirus, according to a Politico review of White House briefings and cable news coverage. Although Trump had repeatedly promoted the decades-old malaria drug since the early days of the pandemic outbreak in the U.S., his public statements regarding hydroxychloroquine have diminished significantly over the past week for reasons that remain unclear.

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