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Trump’s Hydroxychloroquine Claims Prompt Concern

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President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington.

President Trump has fired four governmental watchdogs in recent weeks.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Dennis Goldford and Jim McCormick for a discussion about why the United States has an inspector general and why their dismissal matters.

Also on the program, analysis of the president’s threat to cut off funding to the World Health Organization, the president’s use of an unproven drug to treat COVID-19 and the feud between President Trump and former President Barack Obama.


  • Jim McCormick, professor of political science at Iowa State University
  • Dennis Goldford, professor of political science at Drake University

Matthew is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River