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Woodward says Trump downplayed pandemic - report

According to Bob Woodward's (pictured) new book "Rage", United States President Donald Trump downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic in his public statements, multiple media reported.

"This is deadly stuff," Trump said reportedly in an interview with Woodward on February 7. More than a month later, on March 19 he explained his intentions by allegedly saying "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

Woodward reports that in a security briefing, national security adviser Robert O'Brien informed the US President that it would be the biggest national security threat" of his presidency. When asked in an interview if he remembers O'Brien telling him this, Trump said, "no, I don’t." and added, "I’m sure if he said it – you know, I’m sure he said it. Nice guy."

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