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Bob Woodward Book Reveals Trump Downplayed Coronavirus Threat

Lordy, there are tapes!

Bob Woodward, the co-author of the legendary book “All The President’s Men”, among others, has revealed he has tapes of his interviews with Donald Trump that clearly state he was deliberately downplaying the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump willingly sat for the questions from Woodward, possibly believing it was going to be a glowing biography. And true to form, once Trump starts talking, he gets himself into deeper trouble.

“Rage” will be released on September 15th, which is coincidentally the deadline for Trump to submit his DNA in the rape case brought against him by writer E. Jean Carroll. Like other books written about him during his term, Trump is calling Woodward’s “fake” despite Woodward sharing some of the tapes with CNN.

For “Rage”, his follow-up to 2018’s “Fear”, Woodward conducted a series of interviews during which Trump revealed that he had plenty of information about the threat of the virus earlier than previously known. “Pretty amazing,” Trump told Woodward, adding that the coronavirus was maybe five times “more deadly” than the flu.
“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward on March 19, even as he had declared a national emergency over the virus days earlier. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
These quotes stand in stark contrast to Trump’s public behavior, where he stated that the virus would “magically disappear”. Twitter was quick to jump on the latest bombshell to hit the Trump Administration as #TrumpKnew began trending on Wednesday.

While the book drops plenty of other interesting facts (former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was concerned about Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin; former Defense Secretary James Mattis is quoted as calling Trump “dangerous” and “unfit” to be commander in chief), the timeline of Woodward’s interviews lead to another line of questioning: why didn’t Woodward tell anyone what he had learned sooner?

 



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