Daily Mail: Donald Trump ADMITS he downplayed coronavirus after bombshell Bob Woodward tapes reveal he KNEW it was deadly saying he didn’t want to ’cause panic’ – and claims he was trying to ‘show strength in the nation’
* President Donald Trump admitted he downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in order not to cause panic
* ‘I’m a cheerleader for this country. I love this country. I don’t want people to be frightened. I don’t want to create panic,’ he said
* Trump called the coronavirus ‘deadly stuff’ in interview with Washington Post’s Bob Woodward conducted in February
* He called the virus ‘more deadly than even your strenuous flu’
* Trump told the nation Jan. 30: ‘We think we have it very well under control
* On day he spoke to Woodward Trump said China’s president ‘will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone’
* Excerpts are from Woodward’s new book, ‘Rage’
President Donald Trump admitted on Wednesday he downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in order not to cause panic after excerpts from a forthcoming book gave the bombshell revelation that he knew how deadly the pandemic could be.
‘I’m a cheerleader for this country. I love this country. I don’t want people to be frightened. I don’t want to create panic,’ he told reporters at the White House.
‘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,’ he added
‘Leadership is about confidence. Confidence is confidence in our country,’ he noted.
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