Fox News’ Bret Baier pushed back against President Donald Trump’s campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh on Thursday after he claimed the president said “the same things” to the public about COVID-19 as he did to journalist Bob Woodward.
Trump told Woodward that for months he knowingly downplayed the threat COVID-19 posed during interviews for the journalist’s upcoming book. Excerpts of the recordings – which the president reportedly consented to – from the book “Rage” were obtained by CNN and published Wednesday.
In the recordings, Trump says that he “wanted to always play it down” and that he still likes “playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” (RELATED: ‘Political Hit Job’: Trump Responds To Woodward Recordings Showing He Downplayed Coronavirus Danger)
Baier brought up the Woodward tapes Thursday and noted that people are “coming hard after the president for what he said to Bob Woodward and what he said on the record.” Murtaugh responded by claiming that “the things that are contained in there are the same things that President Trump was saying publicly” and Baier interrupted to contradict Murtaugh.
“That’s not true, Tim,” Baier said. “That’s not true.”
Murtaugh then doubled down on