donald trump conspiracy theory conspiracies
Donald Trump with White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Deborah Birx (Image: AP/Alex Brandon)

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump announced he has been taking anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19.

For weeks Trump has been praising the drug for its healing powers, based on a study that was admitted to be flawed by the scientists behind it. And even though major studies suggest the drug is useless, the president has continued to spruik it. 

The kind of shameless promotion of conspiracy theories has been a core feature of Trump’s presence in public life well before he trolled his way into the White House.