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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she did not expect President Trump to be upset that she called him “morbidly obese.”
On Monday night, Pelosi said that people in Trump’s “weight class” should not be taking hydroxychloroquine, following the president’s announcement that he was taking the drug to prevent the coronavirus. In response to her remarks, Trump called Pelosi a “sick woman” with “mental problems” during a press conference on Tuesday.
In an interview on MSNBC, Pelosi defended her remarks but claimed she was surprised that Trump was unhappy with her characterization of him as “morbidly obese.”
“I had no idea. I didn’t know that he would be so sensitive,” Pelosi said. “He’s always talking about other people’s … weight,” Pelosi said, later adding, “I don’t even want to spend any more time on his distraction, because as you’ve seen in the last couple of days, so much of the time has been spent on what he said.”
Pelosi said Trump’s words “weigh a ton,” adding, “Instead of telling people to put Lysol into their lungs or taking a medication that has not been approved, except under certain circumstances, he should be saying … things that would help people.”
The White House physician, Sean Conley, confirmed that Trump was taking hydroxychloroquine in response to one of his staff members testing positive for the virus.
“After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks,” Conley said.
A physician’s report on Trump from early 2019 showed that he had entered the “obese” weight group early after he weighed 243 pounds, which is considered obese at his height of 6 feet, 3 inches. Trump was not morbidly obese, however. His BMI was below 40 at the time of the report.