"Yesterday was National Pizza Day, which means it's National Pizza Weekend, which means".
In response Mr Hegseth argued that pizza "lasts for a long time".
Hegseth dismissed the pizza as being "old" and went on to say: "My 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air. I feel much better after I thoroughly wash my hands, which I do as much as possible".
His co-hosts began to laugh uproariously, and, belatedly, someone off-camera emitted a loud, low groan.
Prompting Bila to say: "Someone help me".
"I inoculate myself", Hegseth continued.
BIlah asked laughing: "So you're becoming immune to all the bacteria?" Being well educated about hand washing "reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23% to 40%", it says.More news: Thunder Release Alex Abrines Due To Personal Reasons
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"My dad has that theory too", Bila told him.
Some, however, pointed out that Hegseth was likely just stirring the pot.
'These hands look pretty clean to me, ' he remarked.
Then he apologized for "grossing" out viewers.
So whether Hegseth was joking or not, he didn't make that clear enough to dissuade people who may actually believe what he was saying.
The 38-year-old was once reported as US President Donald Trump's preferred choice to take over the Department of Veteran Affairs, meaning he would have become responsible for the health of 20 million Americans. "He was deployed three times overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and served in Guantanamo Bay, earning two Bronze Stars".
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.