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Trump Admits Playing Down Coronavirus’s Severity, According To New Woodward Book

Sep 10, 2020

By Alana Wise

President Trump is defending himself after interviews from a new book by legendary reporter Bob Woodward reveal that Trump acknowledged the deadliness of the coronavirus in early February and admitted in March to playing down its severity.

“This is deadly stuff,” the president told Woodward in a Feb. 7 conversation, according to the book, which is called Rage. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

But at the time, Trump was publicly saying that the virus was less of a concern.

On Feb. 10, he told supporters in New Hampshire: “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” Later that month, Trump tweeted that the virus was “very much under control in the USA.”

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