Reporter Bob Woodward, in his forthcoming book “Rage,” reports on a series of interviews with Trump in which the president independently acknowledged the seriousness of the virus even as he played it down in public. Excerpts of the book were released Wednesday by The Washington Post and CNN, which also aired audio of a few of the interviews.
A look at some of the president’s public and private commentary throughout the early months of the pandemic that to date has actually eliminated about 190,000 Americans:
” We have it completely under control.”– During CNBC interview on sidelines of financial online forum in Switzerland. A day previously, federal officials reported the very first case of COVID-19 in the United States. “It’s someone, being available in from China,” Trump said. “It’s going to be simply fine.”
” China has been working extremely difficult to include the Coronavirus. The United States considerably appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all exercise well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”– Trump tweet.
” Hopefully it will not be as bad as some people think it could be. However we’re working really closely with them and with a lot of other people and a great deal of other countries. And we believe we have it extremely well under control.”– Throughout trade occasion in Michigan.
” You just breathe the air which’s how it’s passed. Therefore that’s a really difficult one. That’s an extremely fragile one. It’s also more deadly than even your exhausting flus.”– Trump phone interview with Woodward.
” I believe the virus is going to be– it’s going to be great.”– Throughout New Hampshire rally.
” The 15 (case count in the U.S.) within a couple of days is going to be down to near to absolutely no. … This is an influenza. This is like an influenza.”– During White House coronavirus task force briefing.
” You need to be calm. It’ll go away.”– Throughout see to Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance.
” No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. No, we have actually done a terrific task.”– After working dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
” We have actually done a fantastic task because we acted quickly. We acted early. And there’s nothing we might have done that was much better than closing our borders to highly contaminated locations.”– During Rose Garden statement declaring a national emergency situation.
” I have actually spoken really with my boy. He says, ‘How bad is this?’ It’s bad. It’s bad. However we’re going to– we’re going to be, hopefully, a finest case, not a worst case. Which’s what we’re working for.”– During White House instruction.
” To be truthful with you, I wished to constantly play it down. I still like playing it down, since I don’t want to develop a panic.”– Interview with Woodward.
” I wish to keep the nation calm. I don’t want panic in the country. I could cause panic much better than even you.”– Reacting to press reporter’s tip that he provided incorrect guarantees to Americans.
” I enjoy our nation and I do not want individuals to be terrified. I do not wish to produce panic, as you state. Certainly, I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a craze. We wish to show confidence. We want to show strength.”– Talking with reporters and dismissing Woodward’s book as a “political hit task.”
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