Trump admits to "Playing Down" COVID-19 in US

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Published: September 10,2020 11:59 AM
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September 10, 2020: President Donald Trump was confronted by reporters at the White House over his comments to American journalist Bob Woodward about his downplaying of the seriousness of the COVID

September 10, 2020: President Donald Trump was confronted by reporters at the White House over his comments to American journalist Bob Woodward about his downplaying of the seriousness of the coronavirus early on.



On Wednesday afternoon, Trump confessed of "playing it down" with regard to the pandemic and its severity to the American people.



"I'm a cheerleader for this country," Trump said. "I love our country. And I don't want people to be frightened. I don't want to create panic as you say. Certainly, I'm not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence; we want to show strength, we want to show strength as a nation. That's what I've done. We've done very well."



"The job we have done is incredible. We don't want to instill panic and jump up and down that we have a problem. The last thing you want to do is to create panic. It was sent by China--it should've never happened. This was a disgusting, terrible situation that was foisted upon us. I was very open whether it was to (Bob) Woodward or to anybody else," he added.





In an interview to American journalist Bob Woodward for his upcoming book 'Rage,' Trump had told the journalist months ago that he "always wanted to play it down" and acknowledged it was more serious than the flu, despite downplaying the severity of the virus publicly.



The book is not only an assessment of Trump's handling of the pandemic in the US but also his conduct from former Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis. The book is based on 18-on-the record interviews between Trump and Woodward from December to July.



"To be honest, I wanted to always play it down. I still like to play it down because I don't want to create a panic," Trump said to the journalist as reported by The Washington Post.



"You just breathe the air and that's how it's passed. 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 Washington Post quoted Trump in an interview with Woodward.



Trump further told Woodward that the virus was not "his fault" and that China was responsible for it. "The virus has nothing to do with me. It's not my fault. It's -- China let the damn virus out," as per CNN quoting Trump in his interaction with the journalist.



The US has a total of 6,350,475 COVID-19 cases and 190,447 deaths due to the coronavirus, as per the latest update by Johns Hopkins University



US President Donald Trump's downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is a historic national tragedy, said the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, here on Wednesday (local time).



"The President's own words spell out the devastating truth: Trump was fully aware of the catastrophic nature of the coronavirus but hid the facts and refused to take the threat seriously, leaving our entire country exposed and unprepared," Pelosi said in a statement.



"So much of this pain could have been avoided, but President Trump refused to tell the truth or to act to protect the American people. The horrifying toll of Trump's deadly disinformation and negligence in the lives of grieving families and to our economy is a historic national tragedy," she added.