Donald Trump Insists His Suggestion To Inject Disinfectant Was Sarcasm
By Thanussha Priyah, 27 Apr 2020
Image via Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com
President Donald Trump has made headlines for questioning the idea of ingesting household disinfectants to kill off coronavirus during a press conference last Friday.
The harmful remark propelled Reckitt Benckiser, the company behind cleaning products like Lysol and Dettol, to release a public statement to warn consumers not to practice the baseless idea.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency also reported a spike in calls by people asking about using disinfectant to treat COVID-19. “This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route,” the agency warned.
Trump now claims that he was being sarcastic to reporters in the Oval Office about using disinfectant products against the coronavirus. “I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” he explained when asked to clarify his suggestion during the Q&A session.
He followed up by stating he was referring to people using the disinfectants on their hands safely, and further emphasized it was “a very sarcastic question,” per CNN.
Reporter: Could you clarify your comments on injections of disinfectants?— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 24, 2020
Trump: I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen...
Reporter: But you were asking your medical experts to look into it pic.twitter.com/T0hzizjgpN
Reminder: Lysol disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as directed and in line with usage guidelines pic.twitter.com/yPVhvINxbU— Lysol (@Lysol) April 24, 2020
ALERT🚨: We have received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and #COVID19.— Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MDMEMA) (@MDMEMA) April 24, 2020
This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route.
[via PAPER Magazine, cover image via Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com]
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