Trump flails when asked about a spike in poison control calls after his comments about injecting disinfectant

Trump flails when asked about a spike in poison control calls after his comments about injecting disinfectant
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

President Donald Trump is refusing to take any responsibility for the massive increase in calls to poison control centers after he mused last week that an “injection” of disinfectant might cure people of coronavirus, and urged doctors to test his theory.


“They’ve seen a spike in people using disinfectant after your comment last week,” reporter Brian Karem told the president.

“I know you said they were ‘sarcastic’ –” Karem offered, but was immediately interrupted by Trump.

“I can’t imagine why, can’t imagine why, yeah,” the President claimed.

Asked if he would “take any responsibility,” Trump responded, “No I don’t,” but quickly added, “I can’t imagine why,” again, obviously eager to avoid the national outrage after the last time he said he took no responsibility.

He then blew off the reporter and went to another.

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