In a taped conversation with Bob Woodward, when he spoke to Trump on a February 7th phone call, Trump admitted to the deadliness of COVID-19:
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”
“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.
At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air.
Trump admitted to Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said.
This, from the man who incites race riots, stokes fears of caravas of gangs entering the country, and encourages shootings and violence, but he doesn’t want to cause a panic. Yup, sure.
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