21 April, 2021

Trump Knows Corona…No He Doesn’t

The presidential debate is now about a vaccine, but a book by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame reveals the President was misleading the American public as early as February

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Trump Knows Corona…No He Doesn’t

Public health officials were warning Americans about the need to prepare for coronavirus in early February, when President Donald Trump called it “deadly stuff” in a private conversation that has now come to light, reports the Associated Press. At the time, with just 11 cases confirmed in the US, there was uncertainty about how it would be affected, and top officials would deliver mixed messages. But their overall thrust was to take the thing seriously. “We’re preparing as if this is a pandemic,” Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on February 5. Trump, however, was playing down the threat in public. Three days after delivering his “deadly” assessment in a private call with journalist Bob Woodward, he told a New Hampshire rally on February 10, “It’s going to be fine.” Trump’s acknowledgment in Woodward’s new book, Rage, that he was minimising the severity of the virus in public to avoid causing panic has triggered waves of criticism that he wasn’t being...

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