FACT CHECK: No, President Trump doesn't want anybody to inject disinfectants into them

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During the coronavirus task force press briefing on Friday, the Under Secretary for Science and Technology at DHS, Bill Bryan, would address sunlight, heat and humidity, as well as certain disinfectants, and its ability to take out the COVID-19 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 stated. “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 after Bryan's remarks, President Trump would say:

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. So, supposing when 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. 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 going to test that, too. Sounds interesting. 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 almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that – you’re going to have to use medical doctors with – but 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 pretty powerful.

Not much longer after, Jon Karl, an ABC News reporter, would also be curious about disinfectants and ask about an injection that we could use to combat COVID-19.

“The president mentioned the idea of a cleaner, bleach and isopropyl alcohol emerging," said Karl. "There’s no scenario where that could be injected into a person, is there?”

“No, I’m here to talk about the finds that we had in the study,” Bryan answered. “We don’t do that within that lab at our labs.”

After the ABC News reporter asked about injections, Trump would quickly clarify that he didn't actually mean injecting disinfectants into the body.

“It wouldn’t be through injections, you’re talking about almost a cleaning and sterilization of an area," Trump said. "Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t work, but it certainly has a big affect if it’s on a stationary object.”

So no, President Trump did not recommend to anybody to inject disinfectants into them.

However, this would lead to more false statements, including from Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi would say during her weekly press conference on Friday that President Trump told people to "inject Lysol" into their lungs to kill the coronavirus. That statement is false, with Lysol being mentioned exactly zero times in the press briefing.

Pelosi would falsely claim:

"The President is asking people to inject Lysol into their lungs, and Mitch is saying that states should go bankrupt. It's a clear, visible, within 24 hours, of how the Republicans reject science and reject governance."

Both statements are false.


Pelosi would then double down on her false statements:

“We had some support in the Senate on the Republican side, but the White House – and they tell me it came right from the President," Pelosi stated. "No money for the Post Office. Instead, inject Lysol into your lungs as we shut down the states.”

Again, Lysol wasn't mentioned whatsoever in President Trump's press briefing.


Pelosi's statements, as well as the conspiracy theory of President Trump recommending people inject disinfectants into them, have both been proven false.