President Trump on Thursday mentioned he didn’t lie to the American individuals about the hazard posed by the coronavirus in the early days of the world pandemic.
Asked by a reporter, “Why did you lie to the American people” about COVID-19, the president responded, “I didn’t lie. What I said was we have to be calm. We can’t be panicked.”
Interviews the president did with journalist Bob Woodward that have been made public a day in the past appeared to point out a disparity between what Mr. Trump knew about the virus in February and March and what he was saying publicly about it.
On February 7, Mr. Trump advised Woodward he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the virus. He advised Woodward the coronavirus was “more deadly” than “even your strenuous flus,” and troublesome to handle as a result of “it goes through air.”
“This is deadly stuff,” Mr. Trump mentioned to Woodward.
Three days later, the president mentioned at an event with the nation’s governors that “a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat, as the heat comes in,” and added the U.S. is in “great shape.”
He advised Woodward on March 19, “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,”, in accordance audio recorded by Woodward for his upcoming ebook, “Rage.”
Mr. Trump additionally declared Thursday the U.S. has “rounded the final turn” of the lethal coronavirus pandemic, a perception not shared by prime public well being consultants.
That doesn’t match up with statements made the similar day by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s prime infectious ailments professional.
“We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it’s not going to be easy,” Fauci mentioned throughout a Harvard Medical School panel.
Public well being consultants warn COVID-19 might be mixed with flu season to make an additional harmful fall and winter.
Mr. Trump has been touting a timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting one would possibly even be doable earlier than Election Day, though consultants together with the authorities’s personal Dr. Anthony Fauci say a widespread vaccine is just not more likely to be obtainable to the public earlier than 2021.