Trump Deliberately Downplayed COVID-19

President Donald Trump speaks to the press in Norfolk, Virginia. March 28, 2020. Image: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty
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President Donald Trump speaks to the press in Norfolk, Virginia. March 28, 2020. Image: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty

President Trump deliberately misled the public about the dangers of COVID-19 early in the pandemic, according to bombshell interviews for Watergate journalist Bob Woodward's new book, The Hill reports.
 
The timeline, according to the The Washington Post:
 
February 7: Trump told Woodward, “This is deadly stuff,” emphasizing the dangers of airborne transmission. At that time, Trump was telling the public a very different story, likening the virus to a seasonal flu and insisting the situation was under control.
 
March 19: “I wanted to always play it down,” Trump said of the virus, “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
 
July 21: As US cases and deaths continued to spiral, Trump said in his final interview with Woodward: “The virus has nothing to do with me. It’s not my fault.”

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