Trump tells Woodward he played down the threat of the coronavirus.— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 9, 2020
"I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don't want to create a panic."
He also tells Woodward that "plenty of young people" are vulnerable -- different from his public message pic.twitter.com/fJZUZtJTIv
If you’re near a radio or television today, you know the mainstream media is going wall-to-wall with coverage of a few snippets of recordings (listen by clicking the above) that Bob Woodward made of President Trump and has now provided to his friends in the media in advance of the release of his new book about Trump titled “Rage.”
The media take on those snippets and portions of the book is (all that follows in italics), as CNBC puts it, “President Donald Trump admitted that he wanted to publicly downplay the threat of the coronavirus even as his advisors warned him about the dangers of the disease, Bob Woodward wrote in his forthcoming book about the Trump administration, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.”
“‘I wanted to always play it down,’ Trump told Woodward in mid March, CNN reported. ‘I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.’”
“Less than three weeks before that interview reportedly took place, Trump had assured that the virus would “disappear.””
“One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear,” Trump said in public remarks on Feb. 28.
“But the president had already been told in late January by national security advisor Robert O’Brien that the coronavirus “will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” Woodward wrote in the book, according to a separate report from The Washington Post.”
Still, as you take in the media hysteria over these snippets of recordings, it’s worth repeating what President Trump told Woodward: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
So here’s the question: What do you think? Was President Trump correct to deliberately downplay the seriousness of COVID-19?
Please comment below!