Trump’s “Inject Disinfectant” Remarks refer to speculation by President Trump that the COVID-19 could be medically combatted by bringing “light inside the body” or getting an “injection” of “disinfectant.” The remarks were swiftly denounced by medical professionals and mocked on social media.
On April 23rd, 2020, President Trump held a press briefing on live television about the coronavirus with Bill Bryan, who leads the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology division. Bryan first presented research in which his team concluded the virus dies quickest in the sunlight and in humid temperatures, leading Trump to speculate:
“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked because of the testing. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too.”
He also added:
“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.
Later Trump claimed he was being “sarcastic.”