Even after privately acknowledging that COVID-19 was a virus transmitted by the air in early February, President Trump participated in a number of marketing campaign rallies in indoor venues earlier than states started to close down in early March to mitigate the unfold of the virus, in line with revelations from journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming e-book.
In anwith Woodward on February 7, Mr. Trump stated the coronavirus was “more deadly” than “even your strenuous flus,” and tough to handle as a result of “it goes through air.”
“It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Mr. Trump instructed Woodward. “And so, that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one.”
Despite elevating these considerations with Woodward, Mr. Trump held six rallies indoors between February 7 and March 2. Public well being specialists have raised considerations about holding giant occasions in indoor venues, given the danger of spreading the virus. Mr. Trump participated in rallies in New Hampshire on February 10; Arizona on February 19; Colorado on February 20; February 21 in Nevada; South Carolina on February 28; and in North Carolina on March 2. No social distancing measures have been put in place for these rallies.
The president’s marketing campaign rallies in New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and North Carolina occurred in the days earlier than the Democratic primaries in these respective states. The Trump marketing campaign canceled its deliberate March 19 rally in Wisconsin as a result of the coronavirus.
In an interview with Woodward on March 19, the president conceded that he was downplaying the menace of the virus in public.
“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Mr. Trump instructed Woodward.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, Mr. Trump defended his feedback to Woodward, saying that Woodward would have revealed them earlier in the event that they have been “bad or dangerous.”
“Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!” Mr. Trump wrote.