September 2020

Trump Admits to Downplaying Coronavirus Threat in New Bob Woodward Book

The veteran journalist's new book is titled 'Rage.' Woodward conducted interviews with Trump from Dec. 2019 through July 2020.Released audio recordings of his interviews reveal Trump understood early how deadly the coronavirus is but chose to "play it down." It's also more deadly than your, even your strenuous flus ... This is more deadly ... This is deadly stuff, President Donald Trump, Feb. 7 Interview, via CNN.On the same day that he made this statement, Trump publicly tweeted an assertion that when warmer weather arrived, the coronavirus "hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone." I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic, President Donald Trump, March 19 Interview, via 'USA Today'.The virus has nothing to do with me. It's not my fault. It's — China let the damn virus out, President Donald Trump, July Interview, via 'USA Today'.Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a statement about the release of the audio recordings on Wednesday.[Trump] understood better than he let on, when he was calling it a hoax, his delay, distortion and denial about the threat is responsible for many of the deaths and infections that we have today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D, CA), via 'USA Today'