The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House slams media amid disinfectant firestorm

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Why your social media is cluttered with a mix of Lysol jokes and ‘DO NOT DRINK BLEACH’ warnings:  


During Thursday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE asked whether disinfectants can be used to treat patients "by injection inside or almost a cleaning." 

Trump also suggested using light or heat as a COVID-19 treatment: "So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn't been checked but you're going to test it," Trump said. "And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside of the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting." 

Watch Trump float ideas for how to treat the virus

Reaction — Today in ‘omfg I can’t believe this is a real headline’:

‘Lysol maker issues warning against injections of disinfectant after Trump comments’ 

The manufacturer of Lysol issued a warning this morning that “under no circumstance” should people consume its product as a treatment for the coronavirus. 

The company shared in a statement: “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.”


President Trump’s comments about injecting disinfectants has received strong criticism from doctors. 

For example — Trump’s former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on CNBC: “I think we need to speak very clearly that there's no circumstance under which you should take a disinfectant or inject a disinfectant for the treatment of anything, and certainly not for the treatment of coronavirus.”


From White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “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.  Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”

If you watch one thing today:

Here is Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, reacting in real time to Trump’s remarks. This video has 12.3 million views so far.





We just hit a grim milestone — 50k U.S. deaths:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, More than 50,000 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus.

Context to the number of deaths: “The death toll is 16 times greater than the number of Americans who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and about one-and-a-half times larger than the number of U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War. At the current pace, the number of coronavirus deaths is likely to surpass the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War by the middle of next week.” 

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 870,468

Deaths in the U.S.: 50,031

Breakdown of the numbers 


‘What if we purposely infect a few hundred people to speed up a vaccine?’ ... This is a real idea — and it’s picking up steam:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “The idea, known as a ‘challenge trial,’ would deliberately infect a few hundred young, healthy volunteers, who were first given either the potential vaccine or a placebo. Those picked would be well informed about the risks.” 

Why: “That would allow the effectiveness of a vaccine to be determined faster than a traditional clinical trial, which would require that researchers wait for some of the participants to become infected in the course of their daily lives.”  

The time saved: “Supporters say the challenge trial could save several months in the search for a vaccine, which is widely seen as critical for people to feel confident again with social gatherings.” 



It’s finally Friday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel  and  Facebook.

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It’s no longer just a bill, sitting there on Capitol Hill:

President Trump is signing the $484 billion coronavirus relief bill today after the House passed the measure yesterday to help small businesses, hospitals and for increased testing. 

The House vote: 388-5-1  

Republicans who voted against the bill: House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Reps. Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckHouse panel advances police reform bill The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Val Demings calls for a new DOJ Office of Police Standards; Trump, GOP to pull convention from NC House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments MORE (Colo.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks Comer tapped to serve as top Republican on House Oversight This week: Democrats set to move health care, infrastructure proposals with eye on November MORE (Ga.) and Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieBiggs, Massie call on Trump to remove troops from Afghanistan Massie wins House GOP primary despite Trump call to be ousted from party Rep. Massie called out by primary opponent for previous display of Confederate flag MORE (Ky.). 

The Democrat who voted against the bill: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) 

The “present” vote: Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Michigan candidate's daughter urges people not to vote for him in viral tweet Can Trump break his 46 percent ceiling? MORE (I-Mich.) voted present.



The early bird polling special:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Polls released this week show that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE is leading in battleground states that are critical for President Trump to win reelection.

Which states: Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania

Keep in mind: Trump won all three states in 2016. 

Looking at the demographics: “The former vice president has built a lead among seniors in Florida, who broke for Trump in the past election. He is also running up the score among blacks, Latinos, women and white people with college degrees, leaving Trump, at least at the moment, with a narrow path to reelection that depends heavily on non-college educated middle-aged white people.”

Why this is important

Who knows? Maybe ‘November’ is just a state of mind:

Former Vice President Joe Biden predicted during an online fundraiser that President Trump will try to move November’s election.

In Biden’s words: “Mark my words I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” because it is "the only way [Trump] thinks he can possibly win.”


Mask down! I repeat: mask down!:





I laughed out loud at this:





The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

Noon: President Trump signs the $484 billion coronavirus relief bill. Vice President Pence also attends. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a video teleconference with governors. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence attend a briefing on NASA’s response to the coronavirus.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.


11 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie Cuomo poster depicts Trump as 'man in the moon' watching coronavirus pandemic MORE (D) gave an update on his state’s coronavirus response. Livestream

11:30 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi70 progressive groups call for next Foreign Affairs chair to reflect 'progressive realism' House to vote next week on ridding Capitol of Confederate statues Eye on gavel, Wasserman Schultz proposes panel on racial inequality in spending MORE (D-Calif.) held a press briefing. Livestream

5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream


Today is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day! And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Zucchini Bread Day and Sunday is National Pretzel Day!

I thought I would share:

I get push notifications from “AP Planner,” and I really appreciated the selection of holiday reminders this morning.  



Good news, ‘Parks and Rec’ fans!:

On April 30, NBC will air a 30-minute scripted ‘Parks and Recreation’ reunion special. Details

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s what happens a baby’s dad taught her the nursery rhymes: