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Book: Trump said of virus, 'I wanted to always play it down'


September 10, 2020

Doug Mills – New York Times

President Donald Trump responded to questions Wednesday about his comments as reported in a new book by Bob Woodward that Trump knowingly played down the coronavirus earlier this year.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump talked in private about the "deadly" coronavirus last February, even as he was declaring to America it was no worse than the flu and insisting it was under control, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. Trump said Wednesday he was just being a "cheerleader" for the nation and trying to keep everyone calm.

His public rhetoric, Trump told Woodward in March, was part of a strategy to deliberately minimize 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."

Trump, according to the book, acknowledged being alarmed by the virus, even as he was telling the nation that it would swiftly disappear.


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