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Trump found a fan in Jewish doctor successfully treating coronavirus symptoms

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When President Trump’s new chief of staff contacted the Jewish doctor treating coronavirus symptoms in upstate New York, he found more than a creative medical professional whose off-label experiment had potential.

He found an ardent defender of the president, as some of his recent social media activity indicates.

Zelenko’s cocktail of anti-malarial drugs and antibiotics is experimental, which meshes nicely with the president’s carefully cultivated reputation as a renegade who likes to bust up the rule books.

In other ways, however, Zelenko is a typically careful medical practitioner. Posts from another Facebook account show him repeatedly urging everyone to get flu shots, and he tried in a Forward interview not to exaggerate the impact of his virus treatment.

To be sure, the basic details of Zelenko’s biography signal the probability that he would be a Trump supporter.

Zelenko is a Russian immigrant, a group that tends to adore Trump. Ditto for Orthodox Jews, which he is, also.

With the exception of the Pelosi post, these were collected by the Washington Post for a March 26 article on Zelenko’s treatment protocol. That account is no longer active.


Helen Chernikoff

Helen Chernikoff

Helen Chernikoff is the Forward’s News Editor. She came to the Forward from The Jewish Week, where she served as the first web director and created both a blog dedicated to disability issues and a food and wine website. Before that, she covered the housing, lodging and logistics industries for Reuters, where she could sit at her desk and watch her stories move the stock market. Helen has a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University and a BA in History and French from Amherst College. She is also a rabbinical school dropout. Contact her at and follow her on Twitter at @thesimplechild.

Trump found fan in Jewish coronavirus doctor

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