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US lawmaker taking Trump ‘crimes against humanity’ to The Hague

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this file photo taken on February 26, 2020 a medical staff shows at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Institute in Marseille, packets of a Nivaquine, tablets containing chloroquine and Plaqueril, tablets containing hydroxychloroquine, drugs that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus.

A US lawmaker suggests she is pressing charges of “crimes against humanity” against President Donald Trump over his recommendation of a covid-19 drug, not yet fully proven to be efficient.

In the backdrop of Trump’s promotion of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the novel coronavirus, Ohio state Representative Tavia Galonski announced Monday that she would make a “referral for crimes against humanity.”

“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” said the former magistrate in the Summit Count Common Pleas Court on Twitter.“Today’s press conference was the last straw… I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”

Trump’s comments about hydroxychloroquine, such as the ones at a press briefing late Sunday, has made people hoard the drug.

"What do you have to lose? I’m not looking at it one way or another. But we want to get out of this. If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn’t do it early,” said the US president.

Hydroxychloroquine is one of the contributing factor in US government infighting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The data are really just at best suggestive. There have been cases that show there may be an effect, and there are others to show there's no effect," US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci told CBS. "So I think in terms of science, I don't think we could definitively say it works.”

The Trump administration is facing unprecedented criticism over its poor response to the outbreak as well as spread of disinformation about covid-19.

Fauci has also been at odds with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro over hydroxychloroquine.

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