President Donald Trump told author Bob Woodward that he deliberately played down the threat of the coronavirus to avoid creating a panic in the United States.
“Well, I think Bob, really to be honest with you … I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward in a phone conversation on March 19. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
Details of Woodward’s book Rage were leaked to CNN and the Washington Post before it’s release on September 15, including audio clips of his conversations with President Trump.
The book details a conversation that Woodward had with Trump in which he described the virus in stark terms — more deadly than the flu.
“It goes through the air,” Trump said. “That’s always tougher than the touch. You don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and