Humiliated Donald Trump backtracks from suggesting 'disinfectant injections' to cure Coronavirus

04/26/2020 03:00 | NaN

Humiliated Donald Trump backtracks from suggesting 'disinfectant injections' to cure Coronavirus

President Donald Trump on Friday played down a furore over his suggestion that people could try injecting disinfectants to fight the novel coronavirus, claiming he was being sarcastic.

"I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

Doctors and the company that makes Lysol and Dettol warned that injecting or ingesting disinfectants was unsafe. Sounds interesting. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute.

Trump has backtracked from controversy in the past by claiming his humor was misunderstood, such as when he famously asked Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton's emails.

And when asked about the doctor's comments during Thursday's press conference Trump said/ "We're very advanced in testing".

The US president suggested on Thursday a wide array of unorthodox coronavirus treatments, including somehow blasting the inside of the human body with ultraviolet light and injecting the infected individuals with disinfectants.

The remarks were widely refuted and mocked before the White House issued a statement clarifying that Trump has urged Americans to ask their doctors about treatment, and Trump later insisted he was being sarcastic. "... There are some things that we know and there are not true as well".

"The point here is that this virus is easily disinfected on surfaces and it's killed by soap and water if you actually wash your hands properly", Siegel said. He also emphasized that any amount of bleach, isopropyl alcohol or common household cleaner can be deadly if ingested, even in small amounts.

"I would like to see who [at the FDA's Medical Countermeasures Initiative] signed off on this EUA despite the total lack of scientific evidence that chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine are beneficial in the treatment of COVID-19", Luciana Borio, the FDA's former acting top scientist, wrote in response to the emergency authorization.

However, several of President Trump's closest advisers inside the White House have warned him that his "overexposure" is hurting his polling numbers against Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Citing four unnamed sources, Axios reported the president may stop appearing daily and make shorter appearances when he does - a paring-down that may have started with Friday's short briefing. Medical experts and makers of the home cleaning product swiftly advised against it, pointing out that the chemicals cannot be absorbed by humans and warning that any ingestion could be fatal.

Pressed repeatedly about the issue on Friday, Trump said he was not encouraging people to ingest disinfectant. They kill the virus very quickly, he said.

The president made the claim that he hadn't been serious at a Friday signing ceremony for Covid-19 relief legislation, a few hours after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Newsweek in a statement that the president's remarks had been "irresponsibly" taken out of context by reporters for the objective of creating "negative headlines".

Not exclusively does consuming or injecting disinfectant danger poisoning and demise, it isn't even prone to be efficient.

"That was done in the form of a sarcastic question to a reporter", he explained.

Blitzer said, "Daniel Dale, you're a fact-checker, and normally we come to you after a briefing like this". Dr Fauci told Time magazine this week that the United States was "not in a situation where we can say we are exactly where we want to be with regard to testing".

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