Trump Audio Shows He Freaked Out Over A Sneeze Even As He Downplayed COVID-19

Written by on September 15, 2020

Journalist Bob Woodward launched one other damning recording Monday evening of an interview with Donald Trump that demonstrated how severely the president considered the coronavirus in non-public whereas he publicly pushed to reopen companies.

The 2-time Pulitzer Prize-winning creator and reporter shared the audio interview excerpt throughout an look on “The Late Present” with host Stephen Colbert. Woodward performed 18 taped interviews with the president for his forthcoming guide, “Rage.”

Within the April 13 recording, Trump instructed Woodward that the coronavirus is “so simply transmissible, you wouldn’t consider it,” and he shared an anecdote about his effort to keep away from an infection after he was in the identical room with an individual who sneezed.

“I used to be within the White Home a few days in the past, assembly with 10 individuals within the Oval Workplace, and a man sneezed ― innocently, not a horrible, you recognize only a sneeze. The whole room bailed out, OK? Together with me, by the best way.”

Publicly, on April 13, Trump was pushing to calm down social distancing measures and reopen companies throughout the nation. He additionally threatened governors who may not adjust to what he incorrectly known as his “complete” authority to drive state economies to restart.

Woodward questioned on Monday’s section if Trump would really feel the identical approach if a front-row attendee at his packed indoor marketing campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday evening had sneezed. Trump held the occasion for 1000’s of friends regardless of it breaking native legal guidelines limiting gatherings to 50 individuals.

As Woodward mirrored on the gravity of Trump’s April remarks, he pointed to his reporting that indicated Trump was given specifics within the Oval Workplace on Jan. 28 concerning the severity of the pandemic however continued to downplay it. As of Monday evening, greater than 194,000 individuals had died of COVID-19 within the U.S.

“I as soon as requested him, what’s the job of the president? He mentioned the job is to guard the individuals. I agree. I believe most individuals within the nation would,” Woodward mentioned. “He failed to guard the individuals. He did not discover a technique to inform the reality.”

Trump has confronted a firestorm of criticism over his confession to Woodward that he intentionally misled People about the specter of coronavirus. He admitted on tape on Feb. 7 that the coronavirus was 5 instances deadlier than the flu. However, he continued to downplay it to the general public, resist imposing mitigation measures, declare it could magically disappear after which urge colleges and companies to reopen.

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