The US president stated this while briefing on the workings of the virus in relation to different temperatures, climate and surface.
He noted that researchers were looking at the effects of disinfectants on the virus, before wondering aloud if they could be injected into people, adding that the virus “does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
He told reporters: “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute!
“And is there a way we can do something, by an 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.
“So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”
Trump’s suggestion has been widely criticised among health exoerts with some asserting that ‘people will die’ if disinfectants are being injected.
“My concern is that people will die. People will think this is a good idea,” Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, told The Washington Post.
“This is not willy-nilly, off-the-cuff, maybe-this-will-work advice. This is dangerous,” he added.
Mr Trump had also invited William Bryan, a senior Department of Homeland Security official, to detail the ongoing research around warm temperatures and sunlight on the virus.
Past studies have failed to find evidence that the warmer temperatures and higher humidity of spring and summer will help tamp down the spread of the virus.