Fox News' Bret Baier on Friday doubted President Trump's claim that he was being sarcastic when he said disinfectants and UV light may be used to treat patients infected with the coronavirus.

What they're saying: During an interview, Fox News' Melissa Francis noted the president said he was “being sarcastic by posing a question to reporters, he claims that he did not ask medical experts to look into it. He was simply asking a sarcastic question.”

  • "That's not how it looked in the briefing, and not how it came across," Baier said. "What's problematic for this president is he goes on these riffs, and when you're dealing with medical statements, when you're riffing from a podium, sometimes that works great on other topics when politics comes into play, but when riffing about possible cures or treatments ... It didn't seem like it was coming off as sarcastic when he was talking and turning to Dr. [Deborah Birx] on the side."
  • "I don't think he wants to cause any harm to anyone, obviously, and no one at home thinks, 'Oh, you know what, now I'm going to go drink bleach,' I don't think. But it is, clearly, something he stepped in here."

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posted a photo of himself to Facebook congratulating his soccer team, Palmeiras, for winning the state title Saturday, moments after the health ministry confirmed the national COVID-19 death toll had surpassed 100,000.

Why it matters: Brazil is only the second country to confirm more than 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus. On Sunday morning, it became the second country to surpass 3 million cases, per Johns Hopkins. Only the U.S. has reported more. Bolsonaro has yet to address the milestones. He has previously tested positive for COVID-19 three times, but he's downplayed the impact of the virus, which has crippled Brazil's economy.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest coronavirus case numbers and more context.

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Republicans and Democrats react to Trump's coronavirus aid action

President Trump speaks to workers at a manufacturing facility in Clyde, Ohio, on Thursday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Some Republicans joined Democrats in criticizing President Trump Saturday night for taking executive action on coronavirus aid, with Democratic leaders demanding the GOP return to negotiations after stimulus package talks broke down a day earlier.

Why it matters: Trump could face legal challenges on his ability to act without congressional approval, where the constitutional power lies on federal spending. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was the most vocal Republican critic, saying in a statement: "The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop."