Mr. Trump did not want to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater and panic the public. In fact, he tweeted "Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months". "That's always tougher than the touch. This is going to be the roughest thing you face". He emphasized how the virus is "more deadly" than a "strenuous flu" because it "goes through air".
At a White House press briefing on Thursday, Sept. 10, Trump was confronted over his lies. "And why should we trust what you have to say now?" What I said was we have to be calm.
Woodward then argued that the President "failed" in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
"That was the demarcation line for me", Woodward remarked.
Saying the president's reaction to COVID-19 was complacent is unswallowable.
Spreading fear and panic over exaggerated or invented threats has been a hallmark of Trump's presidency.
Last week, Facebook also announced that it will restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misleading information about COVID-19, government policies, and elections voting.
He, in his defense said, he didn't believe Trump.
"I think he did not understand the American public..."
On February 7, Trump told Woodward about his meeting with Chinese President Xi JinPing and their discussions regarding the deadliness of the coronavirus. Woodward did it certainly to potray a negetive image of Trump.
Woodward released tapes of his interviews with Trump this week ahead of the publication of his new book "Rage".
"I told him it was for the book", he said, but as far as promising not to publish in real time, or signing such an agreement, "I don't do that".
"If I had done the story at that time about what he knew in February, that's not telling us anything we didn't know", Woodward said, noting that he is publishing the book before the November general election. And it may get worse for Trump on Sunday night as Woodward is set to sit down with 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley.