Trump didn’t think people would take him seriously much less protest lockdowns, ‘like idiots.’
Trump: coronavirus ‘is deadly stuff’ and KNEW it was highly contagious at start of February despite claiming to have it under control – then said ‘I like playing it down,’ bombshell tapes by Bob Woodward reveal
- Trump called the coronavirus ‘deadly stuff’ in interview with Washington Post’s Bob Woodward conducted in February
- He called the virus ‘more deadly than even your strenuous flu’
- Trump told the nation Jan. 30: ‘We think we have it very well under control
- On day he spoke to Woodward Trump said China’s president ‘will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone’
- Excerpts are from Woodward’s new book, ‘Rage’
President Donald Trump spoke privately about the deadly nature of the coronavirus in recorded interviews even as he was publicly downplaying the severity of COVID-19 early this year, before the pandemic would take nearly 200,000 American lives and counting.
The president shared his stark assessment with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward in recorded phone interviews in February, as the virus was spreading from China to other parts of the world.
In recorded interviews that were revealed Wednesday afternoon, Trump – who regularly speaks of his disdain for much of the ‘fake news’ media – spoke liberally with Woodward about his inner-thoughts on the virus and private conversations with Kim Jong-un – despite having called an earlier Woodward book a ‘con on the public.’