President Trump leads daily briefing of the White House coronavirus task force.
Trump prompted awkwardness when he asked if Dr Birx had heard of heat and light in relation to coronavirus. ‘Not as a treatment,’ she said. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts to a question during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Trump suggests using ‘light and heat’ as a coronavirus cure
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he leads the daily coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2020.
President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony for H.R.266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, with members of his administration and Republican lawmakers in the White House in Washington D.C., on April 24.
A COVID-19 specimen collection kit is prepared by personnel of the District of Columbia COVID-19 testing site in United Medical Center’s parking lot in Washington D.C., on April 24.
Post-it notes for first responders are posted on the wall of the Anderson Mall during the coronavirus pandemic, on April 24, in Anderson, South Carolina.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center shortly before President Trump signed an additional COVID-19 relief package on April 24.
An airline arrival and departure board shows several canceled flights at the Tampa International Airport on April 24, in Tampa, Florida. Business at the airport has been at a near standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Chains separating the back half of a public bus from the driver’s space hang to protect MTA bus drivers from COVID-19 exposure on April 24, in New York.
Food Bank for New York City volunteers hand out packages at a mobile food pantry during the coronavirus pandemic at Barclays Center on April 24, in New York.
Marietta Theater In The Square’s marquee displays “Be Safe, Stay Healthy” as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 24, in Marietta, Georgia.
Protesters against the coronavirus shutdown rally in front of State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 24.
NFL superstar Vernon Davis (C) and restaurateurs Sahil Rahman (L) and Rahul Vinod (R), through a partnership between the Vernon Davis Foundation and RASA Restaurant, help to prepare free meals for frontline healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic at the George Washington University Hospital on April 24, in Washington, D.C.
People walk around Times Square as some screens are illuminated in blue as part of the “Light It Blue” initiative to honor healthcare workers, in New York City, on April 23.
In this image from video, the vote on approving the almost $500 billion coronavirus package is displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on April 23.
A healthcare worker waits to administer a test at a drive-thru testing site in Providence, Rhode Island, on April 23.
Raelene Critchlow, receives a visit from her granddaughter Maddie Carter, and great-grandchildren Beckett, Levi, and Camille, at Creekside Senior Living, on April 23, in Bountiful, Utah. Window visits help seniors connect to families despite coronavirus restrictions.
Empty streets are seen in front of the closed Chicago Board of Trade, in Chicago, Illinois, on April 23.
A healthcare worker writes “cute dimples” on a sign as a firefighter appears at her window during a parade of thanks at UCLA hospital, in California, on April 23.
Arfa Yousuf gives her martial arts instructors a thumbs-up during a belt test at her home in Richardson, Texas, on April 23.
A bust of President Abraham Lincoln is visible behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she arrives on Capitol Hill on April 23 in Washington D.C.
A sign asking for financial aid is displayed at Michigan Avenue during the coronavirus pandemic on April 23 in Chicago, Illinois.
Yen Vo, the co-owner of Madam Vo, fills containers with food to donate to a hospital on April 23 in New York City.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Woody Myers takes a COVID-19 test at Aria Diagnostics in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 23.
A girl holds a sign while driving past the state capitol building with her dad as demonstrators demand that businesses be allowed to open up, people allowed to work, and lives returned to normal on April 23 in Topeka, Kansas. The protest was part of a growing national movement against stay-at-home orders designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Sgt. Gabrielle Babbitt organizes boxes of food at a Cleveland Food Bank distribution area on April 23 in Cleveland.
A sign thanking the first responders is displayed at Michigan Avenue which remains mostly dormant due to the spread of coronavirus on April 23 in Chicago, Illinois.
A woman walks through an almost-deserted Times Square in the early morning hours on April 23 in New York City.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Max Rose wear face masks as they walk down the House steps of the Capitol before the House vote on the $483.4 billion economic relief package on April 23 in Washington D.C.
A man wearing a mask takes part in a vigil outside Queensboro Correctional Facility on April 23 in New York City.
Hotel room lights in the shape of a heart on the side of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District during the pandemic on April 22, in New York City.
UNLV School of Nursing assistant professor Dr. Rhigel Jay Tan, a licensed nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health, makes custom-made face shields called “iCareFaceShields” at his home for health care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The USNS Comfort is docked at Pier 90 on Manhattan’s West Side in the Hudson River, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York City, as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey, on April 22.
Phlebotomist Sabrina Famiglietti, center, has Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, left, and wife Rita, right, look over information as they prepare to donate blood aboard a OneBlood blood donation bus, on April 22, in Miami.
Damon March, Chief Operating Officer for Huamne Pennsylvania, holds a sign asking people in their cars how many cats they have, so that they can be given the appropriate amount of pet food at the Spike’s Pet Pantry location in Douglassville, on April 22.
Tents housing the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, on April 22. Los Angeles, the city with one of the largest homeless populations in the country, is trying to move 15,000 homeless individuals to hotels or emergency shelters in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A man waves an American flag in support of all essential workers during the pandemic on April 22, in New York City.
Couple Sal Lopez and Ciara Miramontes work out with their dog Beya by their side at Shoreline Park during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Long Beach, California, on April 22.
Protesters drive in their vehicles near the Virginia State Capitol on April 22 in Richmond, Virginia. The protesters say Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s “stay-at-home” order and restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more people due to the COVID-19 pandemic are too excessive and want the state reopened.
Volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Plant City distribute food donated by the church, Feeding Tampa Bay and One More Child on April 22 in Plant City, Florida.
Demonstrators take part in Operation Grid-Lock to Re-Open New York to protest against lockdown measures in the wake, during the outbreak of coronavirus in Albany, New York on April 22.
Pablo Suarez De Miguel restocks his barber and beauty supply store with essential items in San Antonio,Texas on April 22. San Antonio remains under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 outbreak and residents are required to wear face coverings or masks whenever in public.
Nurses from Central Vermont Medical Center stand on the Statehouse lawn on April 22, 2020, in Montpelier, Vermont to counter a protest by a small group against Vermont’s stay-at-home order.
President Donald J. Trump speaks at the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 21.
Volunteers hand out supplies at a drive-through food giveaway as the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Los Angeles, California on April 21.
A medic leaves a house after responding to a call amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Everett, Massachusetts on April 21.
A worker wears a mask at the Boeing Renton Factory, where 737 MAX airliners are manufactured, as commercial airplane production resumes following a suspension of operations last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Renton, Washington on April 21.
A man is tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a fire department testing station for the homeless on Skid Row, in Los Angeles, California on April 21.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) adjusts her face mask as she arrives inside the Capitol after it was announced congressional leaders and the White House agreed on nearly $500 billion more in coronavirus relief for the economy, bringing to nearly $3 trillion the amount allocated to deal with the crisis, in Washington, D.C. on April 21.
Line handlers help dock the oil tanker, Texas Voyager, as it pulls into its mooring to offload its crude oil at Port Everglades on April 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The price of West Texas Intermediate oil futures for delivery in May fell yesterday to -$37 per barrel for the first time in history. The price continues to be at record lows as demand for crude oil has decreased amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Salvation Army workers wear masks out of concern about the coronavirus as they distribute food in front of a Salvation Army food pantry on April 21 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
A customer pays for produce purchased from a vendor during the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on April 21 in San Francisco, California.
Nurses protest against the lack of personal protection equipment amid the covid-19 pandemic in front of the White House in Washington, D.C on April 21.
The White House on Friday accused the media of taking President Trump’s comments — seemingly suggesting that disinfectants could combat the novel coronavirus — “out of context.”
“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”
McEnany’s statement comes after the president, during Thursday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, suggested that light and disinfectants may have the potential to treat COVID-19.
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A view of the empty Istiklal Street and its surroundings during the four-day coronavirus restrictions in 31 provinces in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 23.
People wearing masks walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on April 23.
A crew member of the Ruby Princess cruise liner gestures from a bus in Port Kembla, some 49.7 miles (80 kilometres) south of Sydney, Australia, on April 23, before beginning the process of repatriation to their home countries.
Turkish citizens arrive at the Ankara airport on April 23 after a Turkish Airlines plane evacuated 279, along with 50 German nationals with kinship ties stranded in Germany.
Medical personnel jump in the air in the COVID-19 unit of the CHR Centre Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle Hospital in Liege, Belgium, on April 22.
A couple receives a bag of medicine through a drone, which is used to deliver medication to the elderly, from the municipality of the town of Zapallar, Chile, on April 22.
A teacher gives instructions to students on how to wear a face mask at Escuela 30, a rural school that has resumed classes after a month, in San Jose, Uruguay, on April 22.
Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black speaks to media during a press conference at the Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 23.
Notes and supplies are seen in a break room at the Red Lion Hotel, currently one of Downtown Emergency Service Center’s temporary shelter locations to increase social distancing, in Renton, Washington, U.S., on April 22.
A woman wearing a protective face mask sweeps the sidewalk in front of a graffiti in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 22.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) watches as Dr. Anthony Fauci heads to the podium to answer a question during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 22.
A street vendor wearing a face mask in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on April 22.
A woman is seen in a protective suit as she waits to board a train heading to Shanghai, at Wuhan Railway Station in China on April 21.
A fireman sprays disinfectant at a gas pump in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 20.
People are seen fishing in masks as state parks are reopened in Galveston, Texas, U.S., on April 20.
A “Thank You” message is seen for medical workers on the windows of a building in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 20.
An anti-stay-at-home demonstrator holds a sign in Augusta, Maine, U.S., on April 20.
A nearly empty freeway intersection is seen in Pasadena, California, U.S., on April 20.
Healthcare workers clap and wave as Toronto Police and the city’s frontline responders pay tribute to healthcare workers in Toronto, Canada on April 19.
National Procurement Authority workers spray disinfectants to the hand of a man in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 19.
A Glovo food delivery executive wearing a face mask walks past a deserted Puerta del Sol square during the lockdown in Madrid, Spain, on April 19.
People fly kites with “stay at home” phrases as part of an initiative launched by Jordan Kuwait Bank to support unemployed individuals and raise awareness against the coronavirus disease, in Amman, Jordan, on April 19.
A man dressed up as Batman gives a birthday cake to a child wearing face mask in front of his home, in Monterrey, Mexico on April 18.
U.S. President Donald Trump compares a swab for COVID-19 testing with regular cotton swabs, during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 19.
Candles are lit in the shape of a giant cross in memory of coronavirus victims, in Zella-Mehlis, Germany, on April 17.
Police check vehicles on July 15 Martyrs Bridge during restrictions imposed as part of the measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 18.
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) wearing personal protective equipment walks out of the Cobble Hill Health Center nursing home during the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 17.
A health worker rests her back against a wall at the Manuel Belgrano hospital, where medical professionals protest over the lack of protective equipment and demand tests after several of their colleagues got infected with COVID-19, in San Martin, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 17.
Firefighters play their instruments in honor of health workers from a basket atop a ladder at the Santa Casa hospital in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 17.
A man carries food past members of the FSC 101 Engineering Battalion of the Massachusetts National Guard, as he assists at a pop-up food pantry in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 17.
Delhi Fire Service (DFS) personnel spray disinfectant chemicals along a road during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 outbreak in New Delhi, India, on April 16.
A sign is seen at a shop in the mostly deserted city center, following the implementation of stricter social-distancing and self-isolation rules, in Sydney, Australia, on April 16.
A worker wearing protective gear waves to a woman while using disinfectant to clean outside of the residences in Santiago, Chile, on April 15.
Supporters of the Michigan Conservative Coalition protest against the state’s extended stay-at-home order, at the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., on April 15.
Volunteers sew face masks, as a guitarist plays for volunteers, at the Hafez theater hall in downtown Tehran, Iran, on April 15.
A mural in tribute to the NHS is pictured as a woman walks by while the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Liverpool, U.K., on April 15.
A funeral worker wears a face mask with an illustration of Jesus outside Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 15.
An Indian traffic policeman stands next to an artwork displayed on a road to create awareness about coronavirus during lockdown in Gauhati, India, on April 15.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up with the image of a medical scrub and the word “Thank you” in different languages during an Easter Sunday event amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12.
An aerial view shows safety signage near the Interstate 5 freeway in the ongoing effort to manage the coronavirus pandemic in Commerce, California, U.S., on April 12.
A policeman wearing a coronavirus helmet takes part with others in a procession to raise awareness about COVID-19 during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on April 12.
A woman runs past posters with a message of hope, in Manchester, England, on April 12.
Medical workers react to applause from firefighters, police and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 12.
A medical worker holds an Easter bunny balloon to applause from firefighters and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 12.
A woman walks past an NHS graffiti sign at Hilly Fields, London, England, on April 11.
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly over Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., to show appreciation and support for the healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel who are working on the frontlines to combat the spread of coronavirus, on April 11.
A woman wears a plastic food container for protection, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 11.
Hand-drawn pictures of rainbows and messages are seen on a window, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in Ripon, England, on April 11.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 11. North Korea says it’ll take more thorough measures to guard against the coronavirus, though it has been maintaining a “very stable anti-epidemic situation.”
Empty food shelves are seen at a supermarket in Moscow, Russia, on April 11.
A novice monk wearing a protective mask runs at the premises of a monastery, in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 10.
Visitors at Sydney Fish Market have their temperature checked before being allowed access, in Australia, on April 10.
Special Task Force (STF) personnel wearing protective gear spray disinfectant outside the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 10.
A woman wears a self-made protective body covering with built-in mask in Gdynia, Poland, on April 9.
People walk at Times Square in New York, U.S., while some screens are seen illuminated in blue to honor healthcare workers, on April 9.
Soldiers wearing face masks stand in formation in front of a U.S.-made M110A2 self-propelled howitzer during Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to a military base in Tainan, Taiwan, on April 9.
People wearing face masks peek from windows of the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in Hubei province, China, on April 9.
A woman prays during a live streamed mass as photos of the faithful are displayed on the benches at the Nuestra Senora de Fatima in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 8.
A woman puts cloth face masks on a string to dry before distributing it for free in the neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, on April 9.
Medical workers walk by a police robot at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China, after travel restrictions to leave the city were lifted, on April 8.
A girl puts her completed drawing of an Easter egg on the window of her home in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 8. New Zealanders are being encouraged to draw and display Easter eggs on their windows to create an Easter egg hunt that children can participate in during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Employees of Harborview Medical Center pose for photos while accepting pizzas donated by basketball player and Seattle native Isaiah Thomas in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on April 7.
A resident of a nursing home waves at an elderly woman as the MAV Symphony Orchestra plays classical music recordings on the loudspeakers of a car going around the city to cheer up people under lockdown in Budapest, Hungary, on April 7.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivers a ministerial statement on COVID-19 in the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, on April 8.
Travelers line up with their belongings outside the Hankou Railway Station after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan, China, were lifted, on April 8.
A city employee, wearing protective gear, poses for a photograph as he disinfects an area of Paseo de la Reforma avenue in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 6.
Men dressed up as superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America stand with a banner reading “Stay at Home” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 6.
A healthcare worker wearing protective gear is seen during a test for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside a stadium in Bogor, Indonesia, on April 7.
An artist paints a mural on a wall in Pontefract, England, on April 6.
A resident picks up a box with food given to them by the army, at the Santa Rosita neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Gautemala, on April 6, during a stay-at-home curfew designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Food is distributed from a truck as part of a government program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on April 6.
Municipal workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in Grozny, Russia, on April 6.
Staff members of a hospital carry candles and oil lamps to show solidarity with people who are affected by the coronavirus disease, and with doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers from all over the world during a 21-day nationwide lockdown, in Kolkata, India, on April 5.
A volunteer woman wearing a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of the coronavirus sews face masks in a mosque in Tehran, Iran, on April 5.
Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday mass behind closed doors, during a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, on April 5.
A devotee stands next to palm fronds and religious icons placed on a table outside her home, as part of Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on April 5.
A person wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) suit exits the Elmhurst Hospital center, as the outbreak of coronavirus disease continues, in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 5.
A man wearing a mask looks on in Bnei Brak, Israel, on April 5. The ultra-Orthodox Jewish town was declared a “restricted zone” due to its high rate of infections on April 3.
A motorist rides through a disinfection tunnel during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against COVID-19, in Chennai, India, on April 5.
Residents receive free reusable masks distributed by the government at a community center, as stricter measures are announced to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Singapore, on April 5.
People wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 disease, commute on a train in Hong Kong on April 4.
A woman wearing a protective mask is seen checking her cell phone in Woolwich district of London, England, on April 4, as the spread of the COVID-19 continues.
A view of beds at a shopping mall, one of Iran’s largest, which has been turned into a center to receive patients suffering from the coronavirus disease, in Tehran, Iran, on April 4.
Members of Local Defence Unit (LDU) offload relief food during a distribution exercise to civilians affected by the lockdown, implemented to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, in Kampala, Uganda, on April 4.
A man walks in the middle of empty Westminster Bridge, as the spread of COVID-19 continues, in London, England, on April 3.
A resident wearing a protective face mask waits for coronavirus testing at a makeshift rapid testing center in Hanoi, Vietnam, on April 3.
A couple, wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, is seen waiting at Independence square in Quito, Ecuador, on April 3.
City workers fumigate a street to help contain the spread of coronavirus in La Paz, Bolivia, on April 2.
NHS workers applaud on the streets outside Royal Liverpool University Hospital during the Clap for Our Carers Campaign in England, on April 2.
A New England Patriots Boeing 767-300 jet with a shipment of over one million N95 masks from China arrives at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 2.
Women maintain social distance as they wait to receive relief supplies provided by local police authority in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 2.
People wearing face masks wait for a supermarket to open in Wuhan, China, on April 2.
Hotel room lights spell out “Vegas Strong” at the Wynn hotel-casino along the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, U.S., on April 1.
Women stand in a queue to receive relief supplies provided by the local community in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 1.
An aerial view of a notice dug into the sand reading #StayHome on Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia, on April 2.
Residents pay for groceries by standing on chairs to peer over barriers set up to ringfence a wet market in Wuhan on April 1.
A baker presents sweets in the shape of the “coronavirus” (R) and antibodies with a face mask and eyes, in Erfurt, Germany, on March 31.
Police officers walk across an empty Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on March 31, 2020.
A young man cuts another man’s hair on top of a closed hairdresser, in Oxford, England, on March 31.
People follow social distancing as they line up to enter a supermarket, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in La Paz, Bolivia, on March 30.
People wearing face masks practise social distancing as they wait outside a Postal Savings Bank of China branch in Wuhan, China, on March 31.
A man reaches to a basket, that was hung up so people can donate or take for free food, as Italy struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus, in Naples, on March 30.
Buddhist monks wearing face shields and masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease collect alms in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 31.
A healthcare worker sits on a bench near Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on March 30.
An emergency triage tent is seen at Harborview Medical Center as efforts continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on March 29.
People applaud from their houses in support of the medical staff that are working on the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, on March 29.
A man walks past on a nearly empty Tokyo street amid snowfall during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the COVID-19 from spreading, on March 29.
Migrant workers crowd up outside a bus station as they wait to board buses to return to their villages during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of COVID-19, in Ghaziabad, India, on March 28.
Medical and physician assistant students in personal protective equipment listen during a meeting before screening for possible coronavirus cases at a makeshift camp for the homeless in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on March 28.
Indonesia’s Red Cross personnel wearing protective suits spray disinfectant on the road to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 28.
The message “Merci” (French for “thank you”) is displayed in tribute of those on the frontline to fight the coronavirus disease, on the facade of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on March 27.
A man plays his accordion to lift his parents’ spirits after they started practicing social isolation in their house to prevent themselves from catching the coronavirus disease, in Concepción, Chile on March 26.
Members of the Arizona National Guard pack and sort food items at a food bank in Mesa, Arizona, U.S., on March 26.
A person in protective clothing walks through a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for coronavirus patients set up by the Iranian army at the international exhibition center in Tehran, Iran, on March 26.
A staff member sprays disinfectant at a cinema as it prepares to reopen to the public after closing due to coronavirus (COVID-19), in Shenyang, Chin on March 25.
A barber, reflected in a mirror wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), styles a customer’s hair in Havana, Cuba on March 25.
A soldier inspects beds for treatment of possible COVID-19 infected patients inside the Belgrade Fair, Serbia, on March 24.
A man plays guitar and sings to his neighbors from his balcony two days after California’s Governor Gavin Newsom implemented a state wide “stay at home order” in Oakland, California, U.S., on March 21.
After Bill Bryan, the head of the science and technology directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, presented the findings of the federal government’s study on sunlight, humidity and temperature’s effect on the coronavirus — as well as various disinfectants on the virus when it is on surfaces — Trump reacted to the comments.
“Question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it,” Trump said, looking over to Bryan.
“And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re gonna test that, too. Sounds interesting, right?”
He continued: “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number, so it will be interesting to check that. So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds, it sounds interesting to me. So we’ll see.
“But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s, that’s pretty powerful.”
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Trump was hammered on social media and in a number of publications for the comments, including with one Washington Post headline that read, “Trump asked if disinfectants could be injected to kill coronavirus inside the body. Doctors answered: ‘People will die.’” The comments even prompted a statement from Reckitt Benckiser Group, the makers of Lysol, warning against improper use of disinfectant products.
After Trump’s initial comments, in which he did suggest there might be a way to “do something like that by injection inside or, or almost a cleaning” after changing the topic from light to disinfectants — though he made clear it was not a definitive recommendation — and said “medical doctors” should be involved in any tests, a reporter asked Bryan to clarify what the president said.
“The president mentioned the idea of a cleaner. Is the bleach and isopropyl alcohol he mentioned, there’s no scenario that could be injected into a person, is there?” the reporter asked.
“No, I’m here to talk about the findings that we had in the study. We don’t do that within that lab, at our labs,” Bryan responded.
The president’s comments come as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis. As of Friday, the U.S. reported more than 869,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 49,960 deaths.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Kellianne Jones contributed to this report.