Rep. Ted Lieu, California Democrat, accused President Trump of “reckless homicide” Wednesday over revelations about how he described the novel coronavirus to reporter Bob Woodward in February.
The congressman made the charge on Twitter after it emerged that Mr. Trump told Mr. Woodward early in the pandemic that he knew the coronavirus was more dangerous that he publicly described it.
“I’ve concluded this is not just dereliction of duty,” Mr. Lieu reacted. “Trump repeatedly lied to the American people and that resulted in preventable deaths. This is reckless homicide.”
Mr. Lieu, a frequent critic of the president, was reacting to an article published by The Washington Post earlier Wednesday containing excerpts and audio from Mr. Woodward’s forthcoming book.
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Mr. Trump said about COVID-19, the contagious disease the coronavirus causes, during a recorded conversation with Mr. Woodward on Feb. 7.
“It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu,” Mr.