Philip Rucker is a reporter and the White House Bureau Chief at Washington Post where he has been working since 2005. He is the one who covers the Trump administration for the post, also he covered Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign and Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign. Jim Wertz has called him “one of Washington D.C’s most respected journalists.”
Philip Rucker Biography
Philip is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Savannah, Georgia where he was valedictorian. In 2017, the school gave him its Distinguished Alumni award. Rucker received a history degree from Yale University in 2006, where he worked for the Yale Daily News as a reporter and editor.
Philip Rucker Age
He was born on 20th March 1984 and as today, he is 36 years old.
Philip Rucker Career
Rucker worked as an editor as well as a reporter for Yale Daily News while still a student. He interned at the Washington Post in 2005. He was made the Washington Post reporter for the metro area in 2006. He was in this position until 2007, then started working as the Maryland political reporter till 2018, and later that year, he was appointed the National Political Reporter.
He was in this position for two years until he was promoted to the post of Congressional Correspondent. During the Baraka Obama administration in 2014, he was appointed the White House Bureau Chief.
Rucker has done a remarkable job in his career. He has covered several political events with determination. He covered Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012, the midterm elections in 2014, and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. He was appointed the White House Bureau in 2014 so that he could cover the midterm elections and the presidential presidential elections that took place two years later.
Altercation With Trump
On Thursday, Philip Tucker was at the receiving end of President Trump at Thursday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing. During the press conference, Trump spoke about the potential of warmer temperatures slowing down the spread of COVID-19. He also asked Dr. Deborah Birx, another member of the task force, to look into possibly using sunlight to kill the Coronavirus. During the press conference, Rucker said, “Respectfully sir, you’re the President and people tuning in to these briefings they want to get information and guidance, and want to know what to do. They’re not looking for rumors.”
Trump answered, “Hey Phil, I’m the President and you’re fake news. And you know what else I’ll say to you? I’ll say very nicely, I know you well. Because I know the guy, I see what he writes. He’s a total faker.” He then added that using sunlight and heat to kill the virus is just a suggestion.
The President said about the Department of Homeland Security’s Bill Bryan, “I’m just here to present talent. I’m here to present ideas because we want ideas to get rid of this thing. And if heat is good, and if sunlight is good, that’s a great thing as far as I’m concerned.”
A clip was shared widely on Twitter of the interaction between Trump and Rucker by journalist August Takala. Here is the video;
Trump whacks The Washington Post's Philip Rucker for accusing him of spreading rumors about light and heat killing the virus: "I'll say very nicely, I know you well. (I know the guy, I see what he writes. He's a total faker.) Are you ready? It's just a suggestion." pic.twitter.com/efJMpoIOxD
— August Takala (@RudyTakala) April 23, 2020
“Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready? Trump said.
“its just a suggestion from a brilliant lab by a very, very smart and perhaps brilliant man. He is talking about sun. he’s talking about heat and you see the numbers. So that’s that. That’s all I have. I’m just here to present talent, “Trump concluded.
Use of Disinfectant to Kill COVID-19
During the briefing, Trump spoke about potentially using “disinfectant” to kill COVID-19 via injection. “So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it,” Trump asked Birx. Trump proceeded, “And then I said, [suppose] you brought the light inside the body, in which you can do, either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too? Sounds interesting. Right and then I see the disinfectant knocks it out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that? By injection inside or almost a cleaning. As you know it gets inside the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that.”
It’s unclear what Trump meant by “disinfectant.” As he was speaking about sunlight, he may have continued his thought about using light and that it could act as a disinfectant. However, many people online took it as meaning actual disinfectant.
After Trump spoke about the possibilities of injecting “disinfectant” to kill COVID-19, coronavirus, multiple trends started up on Twitter. ‘Tide Pods’ and ‘injecting’ both started trending on twitter, as many chimed in about issues with injecting disinfectant or light. Dr. Eugune Gu reiterated that it is extremely unsafe to inject or ingest disinfecting products.
PLEASE do not inject anything into your body or ingest anything at all to kill the coronavirus. There is NO SUBSTANCE that will disinfect your body of the coronavirus from the inside. Don’t inject or drink bleach, soap, don’t do isopropyl alcohol, lysol, or ANYTHING WHATSOEVER.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) April 23, 2020
“PLEASE do not inject anything into your body or ingest anything at all to kill the coronavirus. There is NO SUBSTANCE that will disinfect your body of the coronavirus from the inside. Don’t inject or drink bleach, soap, don’t do isopropyl alcohol, Lysol, or ANYTHING WHATSOEVER.”