The White House claims the media has taken Donald Trump’s words out of context after he suggested that people could inject themselves with disinfectant as a way to treat the #coronavirus. He says he was just being sarcastic.⠀
In the latest episode of “Trump Says the Darndest Things,” 45 told Americans on live TV that an” injection” of disinfectant could possibly cure COVID-19 symptoms. And like usual, his administration is coming to defend him, claiming his were taken out of context.
On Friday, White House press secretary, #KayleighMcEnany said in a statement that the media misinterpreted Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. should look into whether or not injecting yourself with disinfectant would work as a cure for COVID-19. “President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterdays’ briefing. Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines,” McEnany said in a statement.
“I see the disinfectant, where it 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 on the lungs. So it’d be interesting to check that. So you’re going to have to use medical doctors with — but it sounds interesting to me,” said Trump on Thursday during the briefing.
In addition, he said using different types of light, and warmer weather can also be used to treat coronavirus. “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, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you’re going to test that, too … But we’ll see the whole concept with the light where it goes in in one minute, that’s pretty powerful.”
Trump then took to Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, for her opinion on his light treatment theory. “Not as a treatment,” Birx said. “I mean, certainly, fever — is a good thing. When you have a fever, it helps your body respond. But not as — I’ve not seen heat or light.”
One day later, after receiving widespread backlash, Trump walked back his statements, claiming he was just being sarcastic when he suggested light, heat, and disinfectant could be used as coronavirus treatments. “I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” said Trump.
“I was asking in a very sarcastic question to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside,” he continued. “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.”
But, when a reporter highlighted the fact that Trump turned to his health experts as he shared his suggestion, he said he was asking “whether or not sun and disinfectant on the hands….can help us.”