Published On: Sat, Apr 25th, 2020

President Trump to shutdown White House briefings following bleach injection controversy | World | News

The US President plans to scale back his daily coronavirus press briefings in the White House after suffering a furious response to his suggestions about injecting disinfectant to halt the virus. The barrage of criticism from medical experts and figures in the media even prompted President Trump to cut short Friday’s press conference, where he stormed out of the briefing room without answering a single question. The abrupt exit came just 22 minutes into the briefing, the shortest appearance from the POTUS so far.

The President turned his back and walked out of the briefing room on Friday evening while reporters shouted questions after him. 

Typically, the press briefings have last almost two hours with President Trump often boasting about the high TV ratings on social media. 

However, several of President Trump’s closest advisers inside the White House have warned him that his “overexposure” is hurting his polling numbers against Democratic rival Joe Biden.

One senior adviser told Axios: “Seniors are scared. And the spectacle of him fighting with the press isn’t what people want to see.”

According to his aides, the President could stop the daily briefings as early as next week, and they will be much shorter when he does appear.

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A White House press schedule released Friday evening did not include any future COVID-19 briefings by President Trump.

This comes after Thursday’s briefing controversy, when President Trump posed questions about dangerous coronavirus treatments.

He asked: “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks the virus out from a surface in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number?”

The POTUS cited an “emerging result” from the Department of Homeland Security that showed sunlight and heat can weaken the spread of coronavirus.

On Friday, he said: “I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany earlier called media coverage of his remarks “irresponsible”. 

She said: “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”

The company that makes disinfectants Lysol and Dettol issued a statement urging customers not to consume its cleaning products. 

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