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Trump’s daily briefing inflames critics

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/24/20, 11:12 am

President Donald Trump sent his detractors into an uproar with offhand remarks about things that kill the coronavirus. At a White House briefing on Thursday, William Bryan, head of the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security, presented new research on how sunlight and household cleaners can eliminate the virus in the environment. The president then took the podium and expounded on Bryan’s comments, asking the doctors present if they were testing the use of ultraviolet or very powerful light or disinfectants as treatments for the coronavirus.

Will people really try that at home? Since the news conference, numerous doctors have taken to social media to tell their patients not to ingest cleaning products. The company that makes Lysol released a statement to NBC News saying that “under no circumstances” should its products be used on the human body. People getting sick from disinfectants is an ongoing problem in this pandemic: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that calls to poison control centers have increased since the beginning of March. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a warning against ingesting cleaning products several hours before Trump made his remarks.

Dig deeper: Read and listen to the president’s remarks from Thursday’s briefing.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Russell in Japan
    Posted: Fri, 04/24/2020 08:47 pm

    Thanks for all your work on The Sift. You do an excellent job! 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 04/25/2020 01:51 am

    Could President Trump just be deliberately trolling the media, who obviously dislike him intensely?  

  •  DaleCutler's picture
    Posted: Sat, 04/25/2020 01:23 pm

    He was facing and addressing the doctors when he made those offhand and mindless remarks. He was neither facing nor sarcastically commenting to reporters.

    Posted: Sat, 04/25/2020 01:37 pm

    to Dale Cutler

    I think Trump truly cares about people and is trying to help them.

    I see nothing wrong in Trump passing info along to people. The internet does it all the time. 

    If Trump were saying nothing, reporters would say he's not "transparent" and that he doesn't care about what is going on.

    When Trump said something caring the press were all over him about him not caring.

    According to the press and liberals, Trump can't do anything right. 

    Pelosi is standing ready with her minions to take another stab at Trump with her new committee that has been afforded powers. It will have nothing to do with the virus, but everything to do with Trump's finances. She hasn't been able to get the info she wants, but now with subpoena power she will use it to get at Trump's finances. 

    It will be like the Mueller travesty when they went after people that had nothing to do with Russia. They just looked at their finances and sent them to jail.