Fact check: Did Trump tell Americans to ingest or inject bleach and disinfectant?

Fact check: Did Trump tell Americans to ingest or inject bleach and disinfectant?
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[Ed. – Trump spoke of a testing hypothesis already in play – it was apparently briefed to him beforehand – and suggested it as an interesting possibility for development. In no way did he advocate people administering bleach or disinfectant to themselves.  If you’re a low-information news consumer who still thinks that a couple consumed fish tank cleaner “because Trump,” you might be suckered in by this new false theme about what he said.  But we here at LU know you’re not that consumer.]

Bill Bryan, Under Secretary for Science and Technology at DHS, said at the press briefing, “Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both surfaces and in the air. We’ve seen a similar effect with both temperature and humidity as well, where increasing the temperature and humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus.”


“We’ve tested bleach, we’ve tested isopropyl alcohol on the virus, specifically in saliva or in respiratory fluids, and I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes,” Bryan said. “Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds, and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing. Just bring it on and leaving it go. You rub it and it goes away even faster.” …

Immediately following these remarks, Trump said:

So, I’m going to ask Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting.

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