The most famous figure in the video, Stella Immanuel, who said in the past that the DNA of aliens in space is used in medicine, disagreed with Pence.
However, several others who actively promoted hydroxychloroquine and downplayed the virus attended a late afternoon meeting at the White House Roosevelt Room, as did the leader of a group of conservative activists who helped broaden their message.
“We have just met with Vice President Mike Pence to ask the administration for help in giving doctors the right to prescribe hydroxychloroquine without political obstacles,”; group leader Simone Gold said on Twitter. “We also discussed recent censorship of doctors on social media platforms.”
“I just finished a great meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and his chief of staff,” wrote another participant, James Todaro, on Twitter. “We are doing everything we can to restore the power of medicines to doctors. Doctors everywhere should be able to prescribe hydroxychloroquine without consequences or barriers.”
Jenny Beth Martin, founder of Tea Party Patriots, also said she was involved.
“The documentation must be such that they can prescribe FDA-approved drugs to their patients as they could before they could have influenced government intervention,” Martin wrote.
The Vice President’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the meeting.
In a video and later in the White House, a group represented by Doctors of the American Front says its members are practicing physicians who have treated patients with coronavirus. Pence’s schedule described the meeting as a session with “practitioners on COVID-19.”
However, it was not immediately clear how many patients were treated by doctors. The group is backed by Tea Party Patriots, who announced their news conference at the Supreme Court this week.
Tea party patriots and a group of doctors decided to extend the economic cessation to stop the spread of the virus.
The group’s leader, Gold, said people do not need to wear masks, and downplayed the severity of the virus, including in May when it compared it to the flu and called it “really a disease of patients with pre-existing conditions and even more so nursing home patients”.
The descriptions of the participants in their meeting with Pence show that the meeting focused primarily on hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that has not been shown to be effective in treating coronavirus or preventing a person from catching it.
Short was a major supporter of the drug and even chose the course himself when some White House staff became infected in May.
Health experts from the top administration said there was no evidence that the drug was effective.
Speaking after D. Trump’s tweets on the subject on Tuesday, dr. Anthony Fauci, chief infectious disease specialist in the United States, said he agreed with the Food and Drug Administration that “the vastly prevalent clinical trials examining the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have shown that it is not effective in coronavirus disease.”
During Tuesday’s briefing, Trump demanded otherwise, saying many people thought hydroxychloroquine was safe and effective against coronavirus.
However, he seemed to back down when he pressed the statements made in the video itself, including that “you don’t need masks” and previous statements by the doctor about foreign DNA used during treatment.
“I thought her voice was an important voice, but I don’t know anything about her,” Trump said before leaving the briefing room abruptly.
On Wednesday, the president reiterated that the video was “very impressed” with Immanuel and other doctors.
Trump said he did not know any doctors’ stories before retransmitting the message, and refused the decision to remove it from social media, saying “they took away her voice.”
“She and other doctors who swear have said about hydroxychloroquine, which she thinks is great,” Trump told South Lawn. “I was very impressed with her. I don’t know anything about her. I’ve never seen her before.”
The brief reiterated his support for the unproven fight against malaria, saying, “All I want to do is save lives.”
“I happen to believe in hydroxy,” Trump said.
Asked later about studies showing that a number of Americans may not accept the vaccine, Trump said he doesn’t care, but he focuses more on treatment.
“I’m a great therapy person,” he said.
CNN Betsy Klein contributed to this report.