Quack-in-Chief Donald Trump Asks If Bleach Injections or Tanning Could Cure Covid-19 - 2020-04-24
The agony of Doctor Birx, a former Army colonel who serves as the White House coronavirus task force coordinator and often seems at pains not to correct the commander-in-chief, was captured on camera as she sat offstage listening to the president.
Dr. Deborah Birx tried hard not to betray her feelings, looking down and away from the president, when Donald Trump suggested, during a coronavirus briefing on Thursday, that doctors should "check" to see if injecting patients suffering from Covid-19 with bleach or isopropyl alcohol, or exposing them to ultraviolet light, might cure them.
The president's spitballing came in response to a presentation by Bill Bryan, a science and technology advisor to the secretary of Homeland Security, who had just described research carried out at the U.S. Army's biosecurity laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md. showing that the virus can be neutralized on nonporous surfaces by disinfectants or prolonged exposure to sunlight.