Throwing the books at Trump

Throwing the books at Trump


So much for summer reading lists. The White House is going to be spending a good portion of the fall defending President Trump, who is in the midst of a tough reelection fight, from new books that paint him in a generally unflattering light.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany faced several questions at a White House briefing last week about an interview the president gave for veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book, Rage. Trump is quoted telling Woodward that the coronavirus was serious and saying of the pandemic, “I wanted to always play it down.”

“Did President Trump intentionally mislead the American people about the threat of COVID, a pandemic that has now cost the lives of nearly 200,000 Americans?” asked one reporter. “Absolutely not,” McEnany replied. She noted that the rest of the quote was about projecting calm in a national crisis.

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