Trump says he ‘up-played’ COVID-19 ‘in terms of action’ at ABC town hall

Trump says he ‘up-played’ COVID-19 ‘in terms of action’ at ABC town hall


President Trump on Tuesday defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, telling a woman in the audience at an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia that he did not “downplay” COVID-19 but instead “up-played” it.

“Why would you downplay a pandemic that is known to disproportionately harm low income families and minority communities?” the woman asked the commander in chief in response to his comment to author Bob Woodward.

“Well I didn’t downplay it, I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action. My action was very strong,” Trump told her.

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She responded, “Did you not admit to it yourself?”

The president continued to defend his performance without recognizing her interruption at the event, which featured undecided swing-state voters.

“What I did was, with China, I put a ban on, with Europe I put a ban on, and we would have lost thousands of more people had I not put the ban on. So that was

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