Last week President Trump responded to a presentation by Bill Bryan from the Department of Homeland security on how to fight COVID-19 by suggesting that injecting the body with disinfectant could serve as treatment. Following the presentation, reports began to circulate of Americans becoming ill after ingesting bleach.
During the presentation, Mr Bryan had claimed bleach can kill the virus within five minutes.
He also said Isopropyl alcohol will kill it in 30 seconds.
Following the presentation, the President of the United States took made an attempt to summerise what he thought was some of the main points of the presentation.
This is when he made the suggestion which was highly controversial, and was instantly shut down by a number of medical experts.
He said: “Right, then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it (the coronavirus) out (of the body) in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that?
“By injection inside, almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and does the job and does a tremendous number on the lungs so it would be interesting to check that.
“So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors for that but it sounds interesting to me, so we’ll see.”
The comments instantly gained a great deal of backlash.
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“Don’t take medical advice from Trump,” he warned.
Following reports of Americans being taken ill after ingesting bleach, there has been mounting pressure for the president to take responsibility for what many deem to be reckless comments.
Maryland’s Republican governor Larry Hogan said that his state’s health officials have received “hundreds” of inquiries about the safety of ingesting cleaning products after Trump last week raised the idea.
When asked at the latest press briefing if he takes any responsibility for reports of people ingesting disinfectant after his own remarks, Trump reportedly said: “No, I don’t.”
However, the US President seemed a lot more keen to discuss North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who is rumoured to have died during heart surgery.
Trump claimed he knows the truth about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but can not disclose what he knows to the public.
Trump responded to a reporter’s question about Kim’s well being by dismissing the notion that he is dead.
“I can’t tell you exactly. Yes, I do have a very good idea,” he said.