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Debacle of Trump’s coronavirus disinfectant comments could be tipping point

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The US president plans to ‘pare back’ his daily coronavirus briefings after falsely claiming his suggestion to ingest cleaning products had been ‘sarcastic’

For Donald Trump, it was the strangest and most news-making thing he could have done: instead of taking questions from journalists, dominating the nation’s airwaves yet again, the US president gave a short pre-written statement and then stalked off the stage.

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