Donald Trump's press secretary revealed his bank account details on live TV on Friday, and it could have serious implications for the President...
President Trump continues to cause shock and outrage across the country...
via: GettyBut it seems that this time, it's the actions of his press secretary that could have serious implications.
Between calling it the "Chinese" virus and playing down the severity of the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesTrump hasn't exactly been praised for his handling of the ongoing medical crisis.
He started out by remaining stubbornly confident in America's resilience to the virus.Back in January, shortly after the initial outbreak, he was quizzed on his thoughts on the virus, in which he replied: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine."
And, even when the number of cases here in America started to climb...He remained calm, and repeatedly stressed that there was nothing to be too worried about.
The President persistently fought against the media regarding the pandemic.And, at one point, even dubbed the virus as being a "fake news media" conspiracy.
And, as the months trickled by...President Trump simply wouldn't budge from his stance on the virus and even went on to compare it to the common flu. This was perhaps one of his most dangerous and false statements about the virus and caused plenty of outrage amongst both Americans and people all over the world.
Things needed to change.
via: GettyAnd fast. As the number of cases and deaths grew here in the States, people were growing increasingly more concerned with Trump's blaze attitude regarding the pandemic.
But, thankfully, Trump seemed to have a sudden change of heart.
via: GettyOn March 13th, mere days after he compared the pandemic to the common flu, he finally declared a national emergency.
This move freed up around $50 billion in federal funding...
via: GettyAnd promised a new screening website and more drive-by medical tests.
It seems that now, President Trump is finally taking the pandemic seriously.
In a press conference in March, Trump admitted: "We have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about."
In presser, Trump says “we have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about.” Trump was first briefed abo… https://t.co/nMe2l4GxN1— Dan Diamond (@Dan Diamond)1584388264.0
The President has been doing some serious backtracking.
And insisted that he "felt it was a pandemic long before it was declared a pandemic."
Trump: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was declared a pandemic.” https://t.co/v3B3UQhbdM— Jan Postma (@Jan Postma)1584463905.0
But this isn't necessarily a good thing.
via: GettyThough Trump is finally taking the virus seriously, he has been dishing out some pretty concerning advice that could ultimately put thousands of lives at risk.
And last month, he made his most shocking claims yet.
via: GettyAt a press conference, the President discussed potential cures for the virus and went on to bring up the topic of disinfectants.
He casually suggested that these disinfectants could, in some way, be "injected" into the body as a method of combatting the virus.
"I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute," he said. "Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that."
"The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injectio… https://t.co/9MMW0IcVCT— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1587680385.0
Even for Trump's standards, these claims are completely outrageous.
People are horrified that a man with such power and influence would offer such reckless and potentially deadly advice to his country.
If you’re wondering why @realDonaldTrump suggested injecting people with disinfectant to cure #COVID19 (or shining… https://t.co/spg73RH9zK— Cenk Uygur (@Cenk Uygur)1587693421.0
Since his shocking claims, medical experts have been frantically urging people to not inject themselves with chemicals.
If you are unwell, go to a doctor. By no means should you ever pump such harmful and toxic chemicals into your body.
Oh FFS please don’t do this. I don’t need the extra work. If you are sick call your doctor. Don’t self medicate. https://t.co/uBXIasVXio— Judy Melinek M.D. (@Judy Melinek M.D.)1587687568.0
And some people have already taken the President's advice...
Dr. Jonathan Spicer tweeted: "No joke - we had a patient swallow Lysol as a #disinfectant a couple of weeks ago to prevent [the virus] infection. He made it out of the hospital after his gastrectomy...This kind of nonsense is absolutely mind-blowing."
No joke - we had a patient swallow Lysol as a #disinfectant a couple of weeks ago to prevent COVID19 infection. He… https://t.co/qmJTLixiUS— Jonathan Spicer MD PhD (@Jonathan Spicer MD PhD)1587685953.0
Things have been getting seriously out of hand...
British firm Reckitt Benckiser (RB), which manufactures the popular disinfectants, Dettol and Lysol, were forced to issue a statement.
Wonder how many of the leaders followers will effectively commit suicide by injecting disinfectant. And can… https://t.co/Y2pcsziwDw— Mark lacey (@Mark lacey)1587688238.0
They warned people against the use of their disinfectants as a remedy for the virus.
via: InvestingTheir statement read: "As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion, or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information." All cleared up?
But recent news has left people completely distracted from Trump's ridiculous comments.
via: GettyAnd this time, it comes courtesy of his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.
During Friday's press conference...
via: Getty ImagesMcEnany stood up to reveal that Trump would be donating his paycheque to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The move comes in a bid to "support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain, and combat [the virus]."
via: Getty ImagesIn previous announcements like this, mock cheques are made to show the president’s donation.
But, McEnany held up the real cheque.
Which allowed White House reporters (and now, the entire world) to see all of Trump’s bank account details.
@GOP Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, displayed the president’s private bank account and routing… https://t.co/ZfAo6vtBcs— Val Miller (@Val Miller)1590264613.0
Officials from Trump’s administration have criticized the press for only focusing on whether the cheque is real...
via: Twitter"Today his salary went to help advance new therapies to treat this virus, but leave it to the media to find a shameful reason not to simply report the facts, focusing instead on whether the cheque is real or not," White House spokesperson Judd Deere told the New York Times.
But it seems the move could have serious implications for Trump.
via: Getty ImagesHaving his banking details exposed like this could potentially put him at risk of being hacked, or his account being used by others. Uh-oh... Want to learn about another official with a bizarre pandemic response? Scroll on for the story of the Peruvian mayor caught plating dead.