Trump storms out of coronavirus briefing after disinfectant backlash

U.S. President Donald Trump dramatically walked out of the daily White House press briefing on coronavirus on Friday, refusing to take questions.

He was reacting to the blast he received following his weird suggestion that COVID-19 patients be given injections of disinfectant as a treatment.

Reporters shouted questions at him, but he ignored them as he walked away.

He had claimed earlier that his disinfectant suggestion was sarcasm, but the media criticism was possibly too much for him to bear.

He abandoned the briefing in Washington D.C. after Vice President Mike Pence gave an update on government efforts to tackle the crisis.

Food and Drug Administration President Stephen Hahn also spoke briefly about attempts to increase testing capacity, and mass-produce Covid-19 tests Americans could take at home.

Trump in his contribution gave statistical update about how the number of coronavirus hospitalisations and deaths had dropped by 40% in hot spot New York over the last week.

He also attempted to offer a hopeful message about efforts to end lockdowns and re-open the US economy.

‘We’re opening our country. It’s very exciting to see. We have a lot of talent involved from governors down to people that just stand there and help you with the doors.’

According to latest figures by worldometers.info, the U.S. leads the world with 908,897 cases of the virus and 51,341 deaths.

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