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Trump Says Talk of Injecting Disinfectant Was Sarcastic

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.

6 thoughts on “Trump Says Talk of Injecting Disinfectant Was Sarcastic”

  1. No one knows what is discussed, behind closed doors, during a meeting about Coronavirus, I’m sure a lot of ideas as to cures, vaccines, and preventative remedies are thrown out by Doctors Adams, Birx and Fauci, including many others via conference call. For the media to berate President Trump about an idea is ridiculous, but that’s what they do. I’m sure if Obama had said it, the media would think it’s the greatest idea ever. If Gwyneth Paltrow suggested it, millions of women would go for it. Meanwhile over at Rolling Stone magazine there is an article about how the rich cope with a bout of COVID-19. Christina Cuomo, on the advice of her doctor bathed in a diluted solution of bleach. Maybe Trump’s comment isn’t so far out after all.

  2. I love to see Trump backhand the press during the briefings as much as anyone. However, seems to me that now is the time to make some changes to the briefings. 1) Trump should introduce, give an overview, including announcements of new info (i.e., if there is a new test coming online, but then say he’ll leave it to experts to further discuss) and then leave. 2) Pence does his thing, introduces experts when they have specific updates with new information. 3) experts speak. 4) Pence wraps things up. 5) Fauci and Birx should not be the stars. 6)total time should be no more than 1 hour.

    1. No more press/activists giving their philosophy. They have tried to frame it as questions but it’s way too lengthy to be one;) The only good thing is people that have no idea about msm are now opening their eyes. It appears the President is finally getting enough about forty plus days. At least according to his tweets the last few days;)

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