Trump downplayed Covid-19 despite knowing dangers: book

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President Donald Trump downplayed Covid-19 threat telling the nation the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu and insisting the government had it totally under control, even as he talked privately about the severity of the coronavirus, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call with Woodward. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis. His comments were recorded by Woodward, and audio has been released.

For the White House, the book serves as an unwelcome return to a focus on Trump’s handling of the pandemic just as he is trying to project that the virus is under control and as he is eager to see a return to normal activity leading up to the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Trump told Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said. “I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the book shows Trump “lied to the American people.” He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.”

“While a deadly disease ripped through our nation, he failed to do his job — on purpose. It was a life or death betrayal of the American people.”

“He had the information,” Biden said during a campaign event in Michigan. “He knew how dangerous it was.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the book shows Trump “lied to the American people.” He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.”

“While a deadly disease ripped through our nation, he failed to do his job — on purpose. It was a life or death betrayal of the American people.”

“He had the information,” Biden said during a campaign event in Michigan. “He knew how dangerous it was.”

“The president has never lied to the American public on Covid. The president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that,” McEnany said.

She said Trump’s actions reflect that he took Covid-19 seriously. She noted that the president put in place travel restrictions with China on Jan. 31 and said that some Democrats had criticized the move.

McEnany said “the president never downplayed the virus.” But Trump himself told Woodward that he was “playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

At times, Trump’s public comments suggested he was less interested in keeping people calm than in having them ignore the reality of the coming storm. “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine,” Trump said on Feb. 10 — three days after telling Woodward privately it was “deadly stuff” and more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

Trump aides and allies said at the time said Trump was aiming to prop up the economy with his rosy take on the virus throughout February, even as his administration took few concrete steps to prepare for the coming pandemic.

“The president has never lied to the American public on Covid. The president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that,” McEnany said.

She said Trump’s actions reflect that he took Covid-19 seriously. She noted that the president put in place travel restrictions with China on Jan. 31 and said that some Democrats had criticized the move.

McEnany said “the president never downplayed the virus.” But Trump himself told Woodward that he was “playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

At times, Trump’s public comments suggested he was less interested in keeping people calm than in having them ignore the reality of the coming storm. “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine,” Trump said on Feb. 10 — three days after telling Woodward privately it was “deadly stuff” and more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

Trump aides and allies said at the time said Trump was aiming to prop up the economy with his rosy take on the virus throughout February, even as his administration took few concrete steps to prepare for the coming pandemic.

“The president has never lied to the American public on Covid. The president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that,” McEnany said.

She said Trump’s actions reflect that he took Covid-19 seriously. She noted that the president put in place travel restrictions with China on Jan. 31 and said that some Democrats had criticized the move.

McEnany said “the president never downplayed the virus.” But Trump himself told Woodward that he was “playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

At times, Trump’s public comments suggested he was less interested in keeping people calm than in having them ignore the reality of the coming storm. “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine,” Trump said on Feb. 10 — three days after telling Woodward privately it was “deadly stuff” and more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

Trump aides and allies said at the time said Trump was aiming to prop up the economy with his rosy take on the virus throughout February, even as his administration took few concrete steps to prepare for the coming pandemic.

President Donald Trump talked privately about the severity of the coronavirus threat even as he was telling the nation the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu and insisting the government had it totally under control, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call with Woodward. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis. His comments were recorded by Woodward, and audio has been released.

For the White House, the book serves as an unwelcome return to a focus on Trump’s handling of the pandemic just as he is trying to project that the virus is under control and as he is eager to see a return to normal activity leading up to the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Trump told Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said. “I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the book shows Trump “lied to the American people.” He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.”

“While a deadly disease ripped through our nation, he failed to do his job — on purpose. It was a life or death betrayal of the American people.”

“He had the information,” Biden said during a campaign event in Michigan. “He knew how dangerous it was.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the book shows Trump “lied to the American people.” He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.”

“While a deadly disease ripped through our nation, he failed to do his job — on purpose. It was a life or death betrayal of the American people.”

“He had the information,” Biden said during a campaign event in Michigan. “He knew how dangerous it was.”

“The president has never lied to the American public on Covid. The president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that,” McEnany said.

She said Trump’s actions reflect that he took Covid-19 seriously. She noted that the president put in place travel restrictions with China on Jan. 31 and said that some Democrats had criticized the move.

McEnany said “the president never downplayed the virus.” But Trump himself told Woodward that he was “playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

At times, Trump’s public comments suggested he was less interested in keeping people calm than in having them ignore the reality of the coming storm. “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine,” Trump said on Feb. 10 — three days after telling Woodward privately it was “deadly stuff” and more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

Trump aides and allies said at the time said Trump was aiming to prop up the economy with his rosy take on the virus throughout February, even as his administration took few concrete steps to prepare for the coming pandemic.

“The president has never lied to the American public on Covid. The president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that,” McEnany said.

She said Trump’s actions reflect that he took Covid-19 seriously. She noted that the president put in place travel restrictions with China on Jan. 31 and said that some Democrats had criticized the move.

McEnany said “the president never downplayed the virus.” But Trump himself told Woodward that he was “playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

At times, Trump’s public comments suggested he was less interested in keeping people calm than in having them ignore the reality of the coming storm. “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine,” Trump said on Feb. 10 — three days after telling Woodward privately it was “deadly stuff” and more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

Trump aides and allies said at the time said Trump was aiming to prop up the economy with his rosy take on the virus throughout February, even as his administration took few concrete steps to prepare for the coming pandemic.

“The president has never lied to the American public on Covid. The president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that,” McEnany said.

She said Trump’s actions reflect that he took Covid-19 seriously. She noted that the president put in place travel restrictions with China on Jan. 31 and said that some Democrats had criticized the move.

McEnany said “the president never downplayed the virus.” But Trump himself told Woodward that he was “playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

At times, Trump’s public comments suggested he was less interested in keeping people calm than in having them ignore the reality of the coming storm. “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine,” Trump said on Feb. 10 — three days after telling Woodward privately it was “deadly stuff” and more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

Trump aides and allies said at the time said Trump was aiming to prop up the economy with his rosy take on the virus throughout February, even as his administration took few concrete steps to prepare for the coming pandemic.