Trump says remarks about injecting disinfectant to beat COVID-19 'sarcastic'

Trump says remarks about injecting disinfectant to beat COVID-19 'sarcastic'

On Thursday, President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of an "injection" of disinfectant into a person infected with coronavirus during his Thursday daily briefing.

Reckitt Benckiser, which owns Lysol and Dettol, mentioned "under no circumstance" ought to its merchandise be injected or ingested.

Trump's comments, though, were not interpreted as a joke at the time, prompting companies like Lysol to urge consumers not to ingest their products. "That was done in the form of a sarcastic question to the reporters", The Hill quoted Trump as saying.

The FDA on Friday also cautioned against the use of the chloroquine and a related drug, hydroxychloroquine, "outside a hospital setting or a clinical trial". "Your safety is paramount, and doctors and nurses are have years of training to recommend what's safe and effective".

Trump made the statement after Homeland Security for Science and Technology Under Secretary Bill Bryan shared information about a new study on Thursday.

"It is a matter of life and death", CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on the network Friday.

The social media site later said it had blocked the trends "InjectDisinfectant" and "InjectingDisinfectant".

On being asked to clarify his comments by the media during his Oval Office briefing on Friday, Trump said: "I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters, like you, just to see what would happen". "I see that disinfectant knocks it out in a minute".

On Thursday President Trump had said researchers should try to apply their findings to coronavirus patients by inserting disinfectant into their bodies. So you're going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me. "It sounds interesting", Trump said.

But advisers have argued that while the briefings may appeal to his most loyal base of supporters, they could be alienating some viewers, including senior citizens anxious about their health.

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 goal of creating "negative headlines". "Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines".

Trump has acknowledged several times that he's "not a doctor", but has previously suggested various ideas for fighting the novel coronavirus.

His comments, which came on the day the United States death toll from COVID-19 passed 50,000 people, sparked a backlash online.

"He was riffing", said Jason Miller, who served as communications director to Trump's 2016 campaign.

But on Friday, Trump drew more critical response on Fox, with both Bret Baier and John Roberts openly questioning the president's suggestion that he was being sarcastic.

Trump Jr. responded, adding a wink emoji: "We know, we know ... poison is reserved for a long list of people like Jeffrey Epstein ... and servers. Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds and that's with no manipulation, no rubbing", Bryan said.

The presentation also mentioned that heat, humidity, and sunlight can decrease the lifespan of the virus. He suggested Americans consider "increasing the temperature and humidity for potentially contaminated indoor spaces" as a way to combat the virus.

"Doing anything other than what is written on the labels for these chemicals can be not only unsafe but also deadly", he told AFP, referring to patients who had "injected things they shouldn't have". Don't think we have seen anything from the president in the coronavirus pandemic.

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