India Agrees to Release Hydroxychloroquine After Trump Threatens 'Retaliation'

Chris Menahan
Apr. 07, 2020

This is President Trump at his best.

From the BBC, "Hydroxychloroquine: India agrees to release drug after Trump retaliation threat":
India has agreed to lift an export ban on a drug US President Donald Trump has called a "game-changer" in the fight against coronavirus, despite reservations from medical experts.

The decision came after Mr Trump warned of "retaliation" if India did not drop the ban on hydroxychloroquine exports.

[...] [Trump] called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, a day after India banned all exports of the drug "without exception".

The decision came even as Indian cases spiked - as of Tuesday, the country reported 3,981 active cases and 114 deaths due to the virus.

The next day, local media reported that India would "consider" the request.

The same day, speaking at a White House press briefing, Mr Trump said he did not "like" India's decision to ban the export of the drug. "But of course, there may be retaliation," he said. "Why wouldn't there be?"

Credit where it's due, Mr. President!

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