In case you’ve been under a rock for the last 24-hours, it’s come out that President Trump knew in February that COVID-19 was "deadly stuff," but wanted to "play it down" to the American people.
That's according to a new book released by famed journalist Bob Woodward – and there are audio clips to back it up. In Woodward's book "Rage," which is set to be released next week, Trump told the journalist in a February 7th phone call that this virus is "more deadly than even your strenuous flu." This, while outwardly calling it a hoax.
Woodward’s 18 interviews with Trump took place between December 2019 and late July 2020. They happened in the Oval Office and at Mar-a-Lago, and were often by phone. Speaking with reporters about the ‘revelations,’ White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the President has made it clear that he doesn't want to see chaos – and that he was merely doing "what leaders do, by staying calm and resolute when facing an insurmountable challenge.”
Source: Washington Post