Donald Trump storms out of Covid-19 briefing after 'inject disinfectant' fiasco

Donald Trump dramatically refused to take journalists’ questions at the daily White House coronavirus press conference 24 hours after he was blasted for suggesting injections of disinfectant as a treatment.

The President turned his back and walked out of the briefing room on Friday evening as reporters’ shouted questions at him, having earlier claimed the disinfectant remarks were ‘sarcastic.’ It is the first time he has refused to take questions since the daily briefings – which sometimes run to two hours long – began last month.

Trump exited the room seconds after Vice President Mike Pence gave an update on government efforts to tackle the crisis. He did speak at the beginning of the press conference, but only with a figure-filled update about how the number of coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths had dropped by 40% in hot spot New York over the last week.

President Trump also attempted to offer a hopeful message about efforts to end lockdowns and re-open the US economy, saying: ‘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.’

Axios reported Friday that Trump plans to ‘pare back’ his press conference appearances from next week. He has been spending up to two hours a day at the podium, and frequently clashes with reporters when grilled about his alleged mishandling of the crisis, which has so far killed over 50,000 Americans.

Axios reported that Trump may stop appearing at the podium every day, and that any appearances he does make will be much shorter.

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