President Donald Trump appears to have contradicted his own top spokesperson.
President Donald Trump on Friday said he was being “sarcastic” when he asked at his recent White House briefing about injecting disinfectants to cure COVID-19.
"I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Just hours earlier, however, his new White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had released a statement on his comments – which did not mention anything about sarcasm.
“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” she said. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines,” she added.
Many people noticed the inconsistency:
Why didn't the clarifying statement from his Press Secretary say that? https://t.co/ugNL0tlO3t— Betsy Klein (@Betsy Klein) 1587747347.0
Pro-tip for new @PressSec Coordinated lies work better than uncoordinated lies.— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1587750887.0
The funniest thing about the "I was just being sarcastic" defense is it comes after almost a full day of his suppor… https://t.co/Yjd6qbQLZZ— Chris Jackson (@Chris Jackson) 1587750141.0
Why is this being presented as a question in which either Trump or the press secretary is right? Just say they’re b… https://t.co/CBxU1ydv9T— Dana Houle (@Dana Houle) 1587748680.0
"I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen." -POTUS on Lysol/inje… https://t.co/dL9peMa30G— Jon Ralston (@Jon Ralston) 1587748428.0
You're gonna regret taking this job @PressSec. You can't keep up with his lies and nonsense. BTW who the hell gets… https://t.co/gajBD60OyP— 14Stories (@14Stories) 1587750330.0
She failed to mention he was being sarcastic. @PressSec it's hard to cover all the lies. You are in way over your h… https://t.co/r5j5qQBn4y— Monica Fraker (@Monica Fraker) 1587749604.0
Trump said he was being "sarcastic." But this statement from the press secretary earlier today does not mention sar… https://t.co/FnODLPsN9J— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1587749182.0
Lie to cover up stupidity. Followed by Trump’s new lie that made his press secretary a liar. https://t.co/vfgarNZyOI— Steven J. Harper (@Steven J. Harper) 1587752330.0
Trump says something REALLY dumb. He watches coverage saying he is dumb. A hapless, reflexively lying press secty s… https://t.co/PuEafmApCU— Jennifer Rubin (@Jennifer Rubin) 1587749748.0
Press secretary: “Taken out of context.” Trump: “Sarcasm.” Press secretary: “Same goes for my initial comment.”… https://t.co/WOhTVeYz8w— Gary Crooks (@Gary Crooks) 1587751761.0