During a recent coronavirus task force media briefing, another question from a reporter turned out not to be a question but a combative debate against President Trump. Here we go again Liberals…
The problem flared up when Philip Rucker of the Washington Post asked President Trump if it was irresponsible to talk about sunlight and heat possibly disabling the threat from the coronavirus. “Mister President, after the presentation that we just saw about the heat and the humidity, is it dangerous for you to make people think they would be safe by going outside in the that, considering that so many people are dying in Florida, considering that this virus has had an outbreak in Singapore, places that are hot and humid?” He asks.
President Trump has had enough. He replies “The new headline is Trump asks people to go outside, that’s dangerous, here we go! Same old group. You ready? I hope people enjoy the sun. And if it has an impact that’s great. I’m just hearing this, not really for the first time, I mean there’s been a rumor that you know, a very nice rumor, that you go outside in the sun, you have heat, and it does have an effect on other viruses.”
President Trump then refers to a Homeland Security study that theorized the virus might be killed by heat and sunlight. Rucker insinuates that this is all rumors and people tune into the briefings for information and guidance. President Trump fires back. “Hey Phil, I’m the President and you’re fake news.”
This isn’t the first time Philip Rucker has been caught in the middle of lies and speculations. He also claimed falsely on MSNBC that President Donald Trump is supporting protests against strict coronavirus stay-at-home orders in the same way he supposedly “showed solidarity” with Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. This claim came out to be entirely false. President Trump condemned neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017. He condemned violence, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, hate groups, and only praised non-violent protests on both sides of the statue debate. Joe Biden and CNN even claimed Trump called the Nazi’s “fine people” but that was simply untrue. Those quotes were pulled from a full transcript remark of Trump’s referring to a reference of non-violent protests in the removal of a Confederate General statue from a public park. These people have had their fair share of “fake news” and President Trump was just over it.
President Trump then continues his press briefing by praising Bill Bryan, the head of the science and technology directorate at the Department of Homeland. “It’s just a suggestion from a brilliant lab from a very smart, perhaps brilliant, man. He’s talking about the sun. He’s talking about heat. And you see the numbers. So that’s it, that’s all I have, I’m just here to present talent. I’m here to present ideas. Because we want ideas to get rid of this thing, and if heat is good, and sunlight is good, that’s a great thing as far as I’m concerned.”