Trump receives backlash after “sarcastic” comments suggest “injecting” disinfectants to clean the lungs

Shortly after Department of Homeland Security undersecretary for science William Bryan presented emerging research on the benefits of sunlight and humidity in diminishing the threat of the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump took the podium during the daily White House briefing on Thursday and made comments that left many people shocked and confused.

“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it… and then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, you can, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting. And then I see the disinfectant wave. 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? Because, you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number. Will also be interesting to check that so that you’re gonna have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me.”

The comments immediately spurred medical experts to respond with utter disbelief and warn people of the dangers of trying this in any form.

“Disinfectants are not intended for ingestion either by mouth, by ears, by breathing them in any way, shape or form. And doing so can put people at great risk,” said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, NY City health commissioner. “Introducing one of these products in any way, shape or form, be it by injection, ingestion or application on the skin, is harming the body.”

“He said almost off the cuff, maybe we should look into injecting it, or maybe that could be something we look into. And that has to be shot down very quickly, that’s a very, very dangerous thing,” said Marilynn Marchione.

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has responded to Trump’s latest controversial comments.

“Unfortunately. we’re seeing Republicans make comments with zero connection to science and facts. I’ve mentioned the president and his, let’s say, we can kill the virus by injecting disinfectants like Lysol into the body. Clearly and sadly, this President is not listening to medical experts and I don’t know which ones he is listening to, if any. 

The maker of Lysol came out with a statement to make it clear that their products are not meant for internal ingestion.

Amid the backlash, Trump walked back on his comments on Friday.

“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 that would make things much better. That was done in the form of a sarcastic question to the reporters.”

“Interior wise, it was said sarcastically. It was put in the form of a question to a group of extraordinarily hostile people, namely the fake news media. Ok.

Many health experts across the country and even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now issuing heavy warnings about the dangers of trying to ingest disinfectants to try to kill the coronavirus.

The U.S. still tops the list of countries with the most number of coronavirus infections — with at least 885,000 cases and more than 50,000 deaths.

(Cover photo: U.S. President Donald Trump rubs his hands between U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza while defending his comments on using household disinfectants as a measure against the coronavirus. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

 

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  • Mario
    26 April 2020 at 12:18 am - Reply

    That is expected anything that TRUMP says on the TFVirus the FAKE MEDIA will reverse it… This is their only chance to destroy TRUMP, the Democrat will never have future if TRUMP wins, in which he will win again, easily. Most Democrats are LIBERAL, the JUDICIARY is already the CONSERVATIVE majority, anything liberal agenda will be defeated on the Lower Court, if it passes, it will be defeated in the Supreme Court. Example PUBLIC Charge Rule, SC is 5-4 Conservative majority, Jus. Gorsuch is 53, Jus. GINSBURG is 87, soon she will retire, and will be replaced by another CONSERVATIVE, so SC will be 6-3, meaning, SC will be Conservative for 75 years or more. Before TRUMP leaves office, 2 of the SC Justice will be a force to retire and replace by another Conservative 50 yrs old Justice. Millennials are brainwashed as LIBERAL since HS up to College, no more chance to move forward, except by joining the CONSERVATIVE Party. It they choose to remain as Liberal their agenda will always lose in Court.

    • Arbi
      28 April 2020 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Nice spin! But not even close. Some of us use our craniums with a bit more acumen than others.

  • Arbi
    28 April 2020 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Nice spin! But not even close. Some of us use our craniums with a bit more acumen than others.

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