TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Clinton, Trump’s 2016 bitter presidential rival, warned on Friday that people not to poison themselves based on the president’s advice.
“Please don’t poison yourself because Donald Trump thinks it could be a good idea,” she wrote on Twitter.
Clinton’s comment comes as Trump faces criticism from medical professionals for his remarks. Doctors and health experts urged people not to drink or inject disinfectant.
Trump said at his daily media briefing on Thursday that medical experts should explore whether inserting light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected with the novel coronavirus might cure the disease.
He also asked if there was a way to use disinfectants on the body "by injection inside or almost a cleaning."
“Is there a way we can do something like that by injection, inside, or almost a cleaning?” he said. “It would be interesting to check that.”
"Maybe you can, maybe you can’t ... I’m not a doctor. But I’m, like, a person that has a good you-know-what," Trump said, pointing to his head.
Trump claims remarks were 'sarcastic'
On Friday, Trump on Friday said he was being sarcastic when he suggested a day earlier that scientists should consider exposing the body to light, heat and disinfectants the coronavirus patients.
"I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen," Trump told reporters at the Oval Office in the White House.
"I was asking a sarcastic — and a very sarcastic question — to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside," he continued. "But it does kill it, and it would kill it on the hands and that would make things much better. That was done in the form of a sarcastic question to the reporters."
When a reporter pointed out that the president had turned to experts next to the stage when he presented the idea on Thursday, Trump claimed he was asking those officials "whether or not sun and disinfectant on the hands … can help us."
Trump's explanation raised eyebrows among those who watched the Oval Office briefing.
"It didn't seem like it was coming off as sarcastic when he was talking and turning to Dr. Birx on the side," Fox News anchor Bret Baier said on air after Trump's retraction.