Bob Woodward Book: Trump Said of Virus, ‘I Wanted to Always Play it Down’

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President Donald Trump seemed to understand the severity of the coronavirus threat even as he was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call with Woodward. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.

Trump told Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said.

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  1. That he played it down is one thing. That he did nothing substantial other than award contracts to his and kushner’s cronies when the government was shutdown, certainly won’t be enough for the Trump supporters to say we can not have another four years of this. The federal reserve is going to run out of ways to pump up the stock market and then what? The stock market is not the economy, California is burning, NY is dead where is the money going to come from? Vote in competency not cronyism and nepotism. Woodward has them on tape, not fake news, never fake news,

    • New york is dead? That’s because the Governor and Mayor closed down all small businesses. That’s because they both have allowed rioters and looters to destroy those businesses that were closed by the 2. That’s because DeBlasio has set up an illegal Sanctuary City, making the homeless bums the new rulers. That’s because Cuomo said, wealthy white Republican males are no longer welcome in this State. To blame the President for what the murderer Governor and incompetent Mayor are doing, is absurd.

      • If you wish to say cuomo and deblasio were complete failures. I think you should also say the man who got the classified intelligent briefings, and spoke with xi should get the majority of the blame for not instituting and promoting mitigating measures to stop the spread. The president and his administration deliberately misled the country, he encouraged his supporters to storm the Michigan state house and open economy because he wanted to get reelected. Close to 200,000 families received phone calls that their family member won’t come home. I Know what if feels like to lose someone suddenly, to still have their coffee cup in the sink. Deblasio and coumo have nothing to do with Trumps failures and lies. He down plays white t there is no end to the destruction this man is doing. Want to blame Cuomo for what Trump could have helped. It is his job. He has not kept this country safe and he is still doing it. Lots of children will not have their parent walk them down their aisle because of Trump. The tapes show how he ignores our health, our safety, he covers up what he knowingly knows will cause death. Threw away lives. Tatties, mommies, bubbies, zaidies, kinderlach. If you are angry at DEBLASIO and angry at COUMO for their failures how do you excuse Trump and his administration’s extreme callousness. This crisis will be with America for a long time…..shameful
        Trump’s desire to impress Woodward exposed him for the liar he is. It is on tape. Wait for kushner’s comments to Woodward

    • Purim was a month after Trump told woodward about the severity of the disease. How Corona is airborne, how it affects the young and the old. We will never know how many people might have changed their plans for Purim had they had the appropriate information. Like Windsor Mann said “The president was too busy keeping people hopeful and optimistic to keep them alive.” It was all about the stock market and his re-election.

  2. “Initially, no one understood the magnitude of this crisis,” NSA O’Brien to in May on covid. Yet per Woodward’s book O’Brien personally warned Trump in a Jan 28th briefing it would be the “biggest national security threat” of his presidency.

    Trump sat for 18 interviews with Woodward. Trump has obviously never read a Woodward book + tapes. He is the stupidest and most corrupt president this country has ever had. Who is Trump going to blame, he gave the interviews, against the advice of others. Oh, and of course, Kushner was for it. Kushner gave interviews as well.
    Besides lives lost, how many people lost their parnassah? How many people with lifelong complications?

  3. I want to see when the Trump bots will come creeping up from underneath their daytime rocks to downplay everything with “sheeple” here and “sheeple” there, etc. The joke’s on them. I guess by now it’s clear that they THEMSELVES are the “sheeple” who got spoon-fed POTUS’s drivel.
    The choice for President in November has become even more dismal: Pathological liars on both sides, radical fanatics on both sides, stultifying media on both sides, and yidden caught in the middle. Wake up folks, the American bubble has burst on our faces. This is Golus in its glorious no-makeup version.- Let’s make the most of our Rosh Hashonoh davening. Hashem Yerachem

  4. Dopy Joe wouldn’t have done any better. He acted on the best available info at the time. Didn’t want to induce panic when there is no cure

    • didnt want to induce panic? no. he didn’t want to induce panic because he views the stock market as the economy and a panic would cause the stock market to dip! the stock market isn’t the economy!

    • So if there’s no cure then let them die in blissful ignorance? This is the paradigm of unfitness for leadership. I guess fanaticism cannot be swayed by mere facts…

    • There IS a solution

      Don’t catch the virus
      Don’t spread the virus

      If you are too lazy and don’t want to be inconvenienced, if you don’t care for your own health and life let alone other people’s, you will have to answer in the future, and you will face reality in this world.

    • “He really is got a lot of blood on his hands,” Dr. Zeke Emanuel says of Pres. Trump. “Many people ended up dying needlessly because of the way he managed the government, and encouraged people to do things that we know increase the transmission rate.

  5. While he played it down in public to the people so they shouldn’t panic, he WAS in the background taking many steps including stopping flights from China back in mid-January.

    Interestingly the leftists who posted before me Our conveniently forgetting that Princess Nancy Pelosi, as late as mid-March, was telling people to go to Chinatown in San Francisco and that Warren Wilhelm AKA Bill de Blasio was doing the same thing in New York. I’m sure they aren’t bothered by that.

    The fact is that at the end the president was right in down playing it to the public because many people would have freaked out about it. As it is, the numbers are nowhere near as bad as the Democrats were hoping, I mean telling us they were going to be. And if you take away Governor Cuomo and the people he sent to nursing homes, the numbers are even less.

    • “hoping”? You are rather disgusting.
      What would YOU have done with the people sent to nursing homes? Let them die? Kept them in hospital and let the next batch of patients die? Sometimes there are no easy solutions. It should not have gotten to that point.
      Chinese people are very careful with the virus and their communities have not suffered much. One can only wish we could say the same.

  6. For the Looney toon leftists who commented before me, I asked you why not also consider everything the president did behind the scenes, especially stopping flights from China back in mid-January? Why don’t you look at Warren Wilhelm aka Bill de Blasio and Princess Nancy Pelosi who in mid-March went to their respective Chinatown and told people there was no problem with coming and eating there? I guess that didn’t bother you as much just like it probably doesn’t bother you that Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have completely destroyed New York City with their 6-month lockdown.

    Manhattan is a ghost town in comparison. Restaurants have closed or are probably closing because they can’t make it on the minimal outdoor seating. All hail our great benevolent mayor who finally decided it would be okay to have indoor dining at 25% starting in 3 weeks. This politicians have grabbed power and as socialists they don’t know what to do with it because they will not release it. Hopefully New York voters will have brains in their heads and vote them out, replacing them with conservative Republicans who will bring back a sense of pride to the city and state.

  7. I’m no fan of Trump or Cuomo or most other politicians but at the end of the day politicians can not really be faulted for not having realized how Corona was going to play out and was the best prevention and methods of dealing with it were.

    Most people who would have been in their situations would have messed up too.

    You can argue about specific wrong decisions they made and you can find people who warned them one way and of course ignore their advisors who told them the other way but in the end had it been someone else in their place that person would have made mistakes due to lack of future knowledge also.

  8. You can make that argument when it comes to going into Iraq but not when Trump deliberately misled people so that they believed it was a hoax. I am not a leftist, just like michael gerson, george will, bill kristol, john kasich are not leftist.

    • but not when Trump deliberately misled people so that they believed it was a hoax

      Did Trump actually say things like Corona is a hoax?

      He is recorded as saying:

      “Well I think, Bob, really, to be honest with you … I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

      That is a very vague and equivocal comment.

      Again I’m no Trump fan but knowing what was known even a very well meaning person could have made that mistake.

      Similar to Cuomo and Murphy forcing nursing homes to accept Corona patients. At the threat of taking away their license for non compliance. (Had Trump done that we would be talking impeachment)


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