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The Salvadoran leader says he uses drugs touted by Trump for coronavirus

SAN SALVADOR (REUTERS) – Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said Tuesday (May 26) that he is using hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial promoted by US President Donald Trump as a way to ward off the new corona virus, although experts have warned for safety of it.

Mr. Bukele told reporters that El Salvador is no longer promoting it as a treatment, on the recommendation of the World Health Organization, although patients could still take it as a preventative measure if desired.

“I use it as prophylaxis, President Trump uses it as prophylaxis, most world leaders use it as prophylaxis,” said Bukele.

Mr Bukele’s vigorous response to the coronavirus, including the move to a state of national emergency without congressional approval, has led to criticism that the 38-year-old has shown authoritarian tendencies and exceeded his powers.

At an event with Mr. Bukele, the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, Mr. Ronald Johnson, suggested that he approve the leader’s treatment of the pandemic.

“I believe that in crisis situations people often have to give up a little bit of their freedoms to promote the rights and freedoms of the majority and of the whole,” he said.

“This is only a temporary moment.”

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