Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus task force, came clean about her opinion of Trump’s Thursday “disinfectant” gaffe during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Host Jake Tapper brought up Trump’s comments from Thursday’s press briefing that set off a media firestorm that has yet to subside.
“There was an odd moment on Thursday, when President Trump at the briefing mused aloud about whether injecting U.V. light or disinfectant into the human body as a way to treat coronavirus could be something that you look into. You were sitting right there, as you know,” Tapper said to Birx before playing the clip of Trump’s comments.
When Tapper asked for Birx’s comment on the matter, she responded “when he turned to me, I made it clear, and he understood, that it was not as a treatment. And I think that kind of dialogue will happen.”
When Tapper sniped that Birx was “taking a generous approach” to Trump’s musings, she fired back that it “bothers me that this is still in the news cycle.”
“I think we’re missing the bigger pieces of what we need to be doing, as an American people, to continue to protect one another,” Birx explained. “I worry that we don’t get the information to the American people that they need, when we continue to bring up something that was from Thursday night.”
Birx put the dialogue to rest, saying “I think the president made it clear that physicians had to study this. I think I have made it clear that this was a musing, as you — as you described.”