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Trump knew coronavirus was 'deadly', downplayed it: Woodward book

2020-09-10 09:24:30       source:The Aljazeera

September 10, 2020

US President Donald Trump knew the coronavirus was "deadly" and worse than the flu even as he intentionally misled the US public in February and March about the risks, according to a forthcoming book by American journalist Bob Woodward.

Trump said in a recorded conversation with Woodward he has downplayed the risks of the coronavirus all along because he did not want to cause panic, according to a report in The Washington Post.

"You just breathe the air and that's how it's passed," Trump told Woodward in a February 7 telephone call.

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