‘I haven’t washed my hands in 10 years’

‘I haven’t washed my hands in 10 years’

'I inoculate myself, ' he continued. How to use a spoon, tie your shoelaces, brush your teeth, wipe your backside and - hopefully - to wash your hands regularly, especially after using the toilet.

This provoked much hand-wringing on Twitter, although Hegseth said he was joking, poking fun at hand-sanitizing paranoids. "I can't see them, so, therefore, they are not a real thing".

"As I told you, my 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air", Hegseth explained. "Germs are not a real thing".

The President himself is a self-described "clean hands freak", writing in his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback: "I happen to be a clean hands freak".

The entire exchange was prompted by Bila acknowledging that Hegseth was eating day-old pizza that had been left on the "Fox & Friends" set overnight, according to Raw Story.

"I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years", he blurted out, prompting hysterical laughter from his colleagues.

"So you're becoming immune to all the bacteria", interjected co-host Jedediah Bila, who also yelled, "Someone, help me!"

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"I can't get sick", he declared.

The declaration didn't go over well with folks who commented on Hegseth's Twitter timeline, some with this hashtag: #WashYourHands.

On Monday morning, a USA Today piece came out reviewing the #DontWash incident and assuring its readers that, yes, washing your hands is incredibly important, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "highly recommends" Hegseth, you, and I do so.

"Ewwww Pete Hegseth, stay the hell away from me", one social media user tweeted.

Finally, about a minute later, Hegseth retweeted a commenter, Chris Hayes, speculating that he was "pretty clearly joking" on Sunday.

However, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that Hegseth was only joking.

Without hand-washing, germs can be introduced to the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth, or they can be transferred to food and other items around the home or workplace.

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