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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Coronavirus: Trump admits to downplaying pandemic in US, claims he did not want to ‘create panic’

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday admitted that he deliberately downplayed the coronavirus crisis earlier this year even though he was aware that it was “deadly” and vastly more serious than a seasonal flu, BBC reported. Trump said he gave the wrong picture because he did not want to create panic.

“I don’t want people to be frightened, I don’t want to create panic, as you say, and certainly I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy,” he told reporters at a White House briefing. “We want to show confidence, we want to show strength.”

He was responding to a question on an upcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward, which have revealed that Trump knew more about the severity of the coronavirus than he had indicated, CNN reported. “This is deadly stuff,” Trump said on February 7 in one of a series of interviews Woodward conducted with the president for his upcoming book, Rage. Parts of the interviews between Trump and the journalist were released in the US media on Wednesday.

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” the president had said at the time, according to Woodward’s book. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate...

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