Trump Says ‘Perhaps’ He Misled Public On Coronavirus To ‘Reduce Panic’

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President Trump on Wednesday acknowledged that he downplayed the novel coronavirus earlier this year, arguing that he wanted to “reduce panic” about the spreading disease by publicly minimizing its threat.

Trump’s remarks to reporters came as he faced renewed scrutiny over his handling of the pandemic following the release of audio recordings of his interviews with journalist Bob Woodward for his new book.

In the recordings, the president privately acknowledged that COVID-19 was “deadly” in early February, despite publicly dismissing concerns about the virus around that time.

“If you said in order to reduce panic, perhaps that’s so,” Trump said Wednesday afternoon when asked if he downplayed the virus or misled the public to avoid panic.

“The fact is I’m a cheerleader for this country. I love our country,” Trump continued. “I don’t want people to be frightened. I don’t want to create panic, as you say, and certainly I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.”

Read more at The Hill.

{Matzav.com}

7 COMMENTS

  1. He lied people died. This website is constantly posting ads to support widows and orphans from covid. Again, he, pence, the whole administration lied. Don’t want to panic the markets. Federal reserve is flooding marked with money eventually will run out. Defunding social security and disability via payroll tax. Can you imagine, James Mattis slept in his clothes because he thought Trump was so unstable and dangerous. James mattis is far from being an overrated general and matzav will censor my post if I use the words trump uses. Dan coates a republican believes Putin has stuff on trump. Senior intelligence analyst was told to stand down on evidence of russian interference, only talk about china and iran. The analyst refused because he said it would put the country in danger. Chad wolf ordered him based on driection of O’brian. Corruption never ends. Promote antifa narrative downplay the threat of white nationalist.

  2. If true, I could see why he did it that way ESPECIALLY with all the behind the scenes stuff he did like stop flights from China etc.

  3. “perhaps”????

    It is on tape.

    His deliberate dismissal of the dangers of COVID-19 and his banning of testing directly led to the deaths of tens of thousands. He has blood on his hands and his supporters are complicit in the carnage.

  4. President Trump was right for reducing the panic of coronavirus, the hoax of the century. Over thousand doctors broadcasted publicly in Germany the end of August during a 4 million protest that coronavirus is baloney.

  5. Why does he think he is more mentally stable than the average US citizen? If he can handle the truth, so can we. Or, perhaps he meant to say he’s more mentally stable than his own voters and he was afraid THEY panic and refuse to reelect him……

  6. Trump’s tweet today.
    The Democrats never even mentioned the words LAW & ORDER at their National Convention. That’s where they are coming from. If I don’t win, America’s Suburbs will be OVERRUN with Low Income Projects, Anarchists, Agitators, Looters and, of course, “Friendly Protesters”.

    He want’s to scare and panic everyone. Be very afraid if this man get’s a second term.

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