Donald Trump did not want panic among Americans, according to a White House spokesman
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnani called allegations that President Donald Trump deliberately misled Americans about the severity of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, is inaccurate.. Makenani said this at a press conference held on Wednesday at the White House.
“The President has never underestimated the virus,” McEnani said in a press briefing shortly after the press published quotes from the book Fury, written by journalist Bob Woodward, based on a series of interviews with Trump..
“The President expressed calmness,” Makanani said. “He took the necessary action in advance.”.
Fragments of Woodward’s interview with Trump were at the disposal of CNN. Judging by them, Trump knew in February how deadly and infectious the new coronavirus is, but did not make this information widely public, because he did not want a panic to start..
“I have always wanted to always play down (the virus),” Trump said in an interview with Woodward on March 19, days after he declared a national emergency in the country. Trump explained this by reluctance to cause panic among Americans.
In this conversation, Trump also told Woodward that he had just learned some “startling facts” that the virus affects not only the elderly, but also young people..
US President Donald Trump (archived photo)
According to CNN and the Washington Post based on interview texts, Trump knew the virus was dangerous back in early February..
“It’s airlifted,” Trump said in an interview with Woodward on February 7th. “It’s always more difficult than (infection) when touched … You just breathe air, and so (the virus) enters (the body).”
“So this is a very difficult question. This is a very delicate question. It (coronavirus) is also more deadly than even a severe flu, ”added Trump.
Joe Biden, Trump’s rival in the upcoming election, said on Wednesday the president was “without a doubt” withholding information about the coronavirus.
“It was a betrayal of … the American people,” Biden said..
Bob Woodward reportedly conducted 18 interviews with President Trump.
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