"I feel much better after I thoroughly wash my hands, which I do as much as possible".
"As I told you my 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air".
He went on to claim that because he can't see germs, they must not be real. "Really, I don't really wash my hands ever", Hegseth continued, prompting laughter from his co-hosts.
Hegseth admitted to the gross fact shortly after his co-hosts had been taking the piss out of him for eating day-old, leftover pizza. And by using the depressingly enormous platform that is Fox News to share this misinformation, he's put us all in a position where we're actually having to have a conversation about the reality of germs and the importance of washing your hands, like we're all back in preschool-preschool in the year 1870.
Speaking on Fox and Friends, Hegseth said the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye.
Bila said that Hegseth would eat anything that's not nailed down.
'I don't think I've washed my hands for ten years. "Therefore they're not real", Hegseth insisted.
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".
It also prevents passing infections and viruses on to other people.
Prompting Bila to say: "Someone help me". You cook food with those hands?
When soap and water aren't available, alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gels can offer protection, according to the Mayo Clinic.