Woodward: Trump 'Did Not Understand' Public As He Downplayed COVID-19 Threat

15 Septembre, 2020, 21:50 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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In public, Trump downplayed the coronavirus, even saying it would magically disappear as warmer weather crept in.

"The easy ones are the ones I maybe don't like as much or don't get along with as much", Trump says. "But for me, it works out good".

During a Monday appearance on NBC's "Today," co-anchor Savannah Guthrie asked Woodward about criticism he's received for sitting on the quotes. I'm going to try to get along with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea.

Mr Woodward went so far as to contend the China restriction drove travelers to instead enter the United States via Europe, claiming those people drove the NY area's coronavirus infection spike.

Woodward continued: "That's why I begin the book with that January 28 meeting because that's what the president is telling me about on February 7, but I think he was talking to me about China".

Despite saying for months it was his unilateral decision to "ban" people from China entering the United States due to coronavirus concerns, journalist Bob Woodward contends it was an idea pushed by some of his top Cabinet officials.

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Woodward's new book 'Rage, ' which comes out Tuesday, uses the contents from 18 recorded interviews with Trump.

Woodward told TODAY that the president missed a chance to warn the public, and that historians would write about "the lost month of February".

Woodward and the Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein in the 1970s uncovered the Nixon administration's role in attempting to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

"When there's a crisis, when the President particularly, they know something, it's time to tell the public in some form", Woodward said. "No one was suggesting changing behavior, then when it exploded in March, as you know, there were 30,000 new cases a day", Woodward said. The president and others have pondered why the veteran journalist didn't report his comments about the novel coronavirus sooner if he thought they were "so bad or risky", while claiming he was trying to keep Americans "calm". "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic".

"We have to show calm", he said. It's amusing the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them. We want to show confidence. "And as we now know, there were some problems and lots of people from China, instead of coming to the United States went to Europe and then came into John F. Kennedy Airport in NY".

Woodward said that "an hour and a half later", Trump tweeted: "The Bob Woodward book will be a FAKE, as always, just as numerous others have been". "It's quite an archive".

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