Woodward Book Says President Trump Deliberately Downplayed Coronavirus

Woodward Book Says President Trump Deliberately Downplayed Coronavirus

President Donald Trump holds up a a map showing the United States as No. 1 in preparedness as he makes remarks on the global coronavirus at press briefing regarding COVID-19 at the White House in Washington, DC, in this file photo from Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Trump said the the United States had 15 covid cases and the number "within a couple of days is going to down to close to zero", and that the virus will just go away. Two days later he called the coronavirus a "hoax". In a new book by Bob Woodward revealed on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Trump is quoted that he knew COVID-19 was very deadly as early as late January but deliberately decided to downplay the virus and the possible pandemic to the American public. File Photo by Pat Benic/UPI