According to the Washington Examiner:
President Trump said his comments about the medical community exploring whether injecting disinfectants could treat the coronavirus were meant to be sarcastic.
“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters just like you, just to see what would happen,” Trump said on Friday during a bill signing. “I was asking a sarcastic and a very sarcastic question to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside. But it does kill it, and it would kill it on the hands, and it would make things much better.”
At Thursday’s coronavirus task force briefing, William Bryan, the head of science at the Department of Homeland Security, told reporters that his team has been working to see whether sunlight and disinfectants are capable of combating the virus, after which the president offered some feedback that prompted pushback and health warnings.
“I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes. Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds, and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing. Just bring it on and leaving it go. You rub it, and it goes away even faster,” Bryan said.
The president then commented: “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
Well, it wasn’t sarcastic, as you can see from the video below.
But the White House is choosing the wrong response to this. There was nothing wrong with what Trump said. The idea of putting a substance into the lungs — or elsewhere in the body — to treat a disease is not far-fetched, since medicines are routinely introduced into the lungs. Nor is the idea of using some type of UV light to treat a disease, whether through the skin or even internally.
Trump wasn’t suggesting injecting clorox or something like that into people, as the press has suggested and gone to town with. He was, with a lack of precision not unknown to him, suggesting that maybe there is some way to put things that kill the virus in contact with the virus that is inside a person.