Washington, United States:
President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that his daily coronavirus briefings weren't worth the time two days after he caused a sensation by suggesting patients could be injected with disinfectants to kill an infection.
He seemed to confirm media reports that he was considering ending the briefings, which sometimes dominate cable television news for more than two hours in the early evening, out of frustration with questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"What is the purpose of White House press conferences when the Lamestream media only ask hostile questions and then refuse to report the truth or the facts," Trump wrote.
"You get record ratings and the Americans only get fake news. Not worth the time and effort!"
On Thursday, the US leader amazed viewers by saying doctors could treat people infected with the coronavirus by shining ultraviolet light into their bodies or injecting household disinfectants.
"Then I see the disinfectant where it hits (the virus) in a minute. A minute. And is there a way to do it, by injecting it inside or almost by cleaning it? Because you see it in the Lungs get there and it makes an enormous number in the lungs, "he said.
After a strong rejection of his proposal by leading medical experts and disinfectant manufacturers, Trump said on Friday that he had spoken "sarcastically".
But he limited the briefing to just 19 minutes on that day, which typically includes himself, Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and didn't answer any questions from reporters.
And on Saturday, after 50 briefings over two months, the White House didn't hold any at all.
Trump used the briefings to occupy TV screens and promote his government's policies, ward off critics, and attack political rivals – from opposition Democrats to China to the US media.
But after more than 53,000 Americans have died from the novel corona virus, the polls, according to polls, haven't strengthened Trump's popularity among voters as he prepares to fight Democrat Joe Biden in the November presidential election.
A AP-NORC poll released on Thursday found that most Americans – and a devastating majority of Democrats – don't believe Trump when it comes to the country's health emergency.