President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was "surprised" to learn about the Food and Drug Administration's hold on granting emergency use for an experimental blood treatment for coronavirus patients, saying it may be politically motivated.

"I hear great things about it ... that's all I can tell you," Trump said during a White House press briefing referring to convalescent plasma therapy. "It could be a political decision because you have a lot of people over there who don't want to rush things because they want to do it after November 3, and you've heard that one before." 

The FDA reportedly placed its emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma on hold last week after a number of top health officials, including White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, who was appointed to run the National Institutes of Health by former President Barack Obama in 2009, voiced concern about data on the potential treatment, according to the New York Times. 

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