In an explosive audio release by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, Trump admitted that he “always wanted to play it down,” COVID-19 while also saying the virus was “deadly.” Publicly, he claimed it was a “hoax” that was going to “disappear.”
In a press briefing after the release, Trump found a new way to shift the blame. Woodward, not Trump, was at fault.
“If Bob Woodward thought what I said was bad, then he should have immediately, right after I said it, gone out to the authorities so they can prepare and let them know. But he didn’t do that,” Trump told the press.
Where Donald Trump blames Bob Woodward for America’s coronavirus response. pic.twitter.com/IC18GvkPcw
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 10, 2020