He then suggested that he was talking about disinfectants that can be safely rubbed on people’s hands. And then he came back to the explanation of the sarcasm, saying that it was “a very sarcastic question for the journalists in the room about the disinfectant inside”.
A reporter noted that he had asked his medical experts to examine him. Trump replied, “No, no, no, no – to see whether or not the sun and the hand sanitizer, but whether or not the sun can help us.”
The facts first: Trump was not “sarcastic” on Thursday when he raised the possibility of injecting disinfectant. There was nothing to indicate that he was anything but serious. He was also wrong on Friday when he denied asking medical experts to “verify” the idea of disinfectant injections; he was watching them at the time. And he didn’t mention the hands when he said Thursday.
What happened on Thursday
Bryan, the Acting Under Secretary of Science and Technology for the Department of Homeland Security, described the tests in which he said disinfectants like bleach and isopropyl alcohol quickly killed the coronavirus on surfaces. Bryan also explained how the virus was negatively affected by exposure to UV rays and higher temperatures.
Bryan said he would “get to the right people” who could test. Trump then began commenting on the disinfectant, which he concluded by saying “it sounds interesting to me.”
Later in Thursday’s briefing, when a reporter asked Bryan if there was a scenario in which household cleaners could be injected into a person, Bryan said, “No, I’m here to talk about the results of our study. We won’t do it in this lab and our lab. “Trump then added,” It wouldn’t be by injection. We are talking about almost cleaning, sterilizing an area. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t work. But it certainly has a great effect if it’s on a stationary object. “
So: Trump can argue that he went back on his comments during the briefing. But even in this more careful follow-up, he gave no indication that it had been anything less than completely serious.