President Donald Trump, in Tuesday, July 21, resumed the practice of going before the country directly to brief us all about the Covid-19 threat and his related policies, a communication tactic that he pursued for a period in March and April on an almost daily basis.
Those Covid briefings of early spring often had the President sharing a stage with a large number of people who played a range of roles in the government, in this way making an unlikely celebrity out of virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci. It is not yet clear how much of a role Fauci will play in the new round of briefings. The President was alone on the stage Tuesday.
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At one notorious briefing on April 23, the President riffed on the effectiveness of disinfectants used to clean surfaces. He said, “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it [the virus] out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?” The notion that the President contemplated injecting people with Lysol, or the like, created a firestorm, and the briefings ended.
Now that the briefings are back, some will be looking for more such riffs.