Fox News host Pete Hegseth explained on Sunday that he doesn't wash his hands because "germs are not a real thing". In contrast with Hegseth, Trump is a self-proclaimed "germaphobe" who reportedly has a disdain for handshakes and a passion for frequent hand washing.
"My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air", Hegseth began. The senior political analyst for Fox News admitted live on air, unprompted that he hasn't washed his hands for ten years.
Pete Hegseth said he is confident germs aren't real because he can't see them.
"Really", he said. "I don't really wash my hands ever".
'Germs are not a real thing.
"I inoculate myself", Hegseth continued.
The revelation came after co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila questioned Hegseth's off-camera consumption of pizza left out after National Pizza Day, on Saturday.
One co-host, smiling, exclaimed, "Someone help me", nearly as though she was providing an adequate button on which to end this conversation.
Speaking on Fox and Friends, Hegseth said the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye.
On Twitter on Monday, Hegseth gave mixed messages.
Anyone who couldn't tell whether Hegseth was joking got an answer when he tweeted later: "DontWash". He claimed he had been joking and paraphrased the president in blaming the media for being so "self-righteous and angry".
By washing your hands-especially after using the bathroom-you prevent the spread of harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli that can persist in tiny, invisible particles of human feces. Loosen up and have some fun. I also support drinking from garden hoses and riding bikes w/o a helmet.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that regular hand washing "is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others".