9/10, 3:45 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Trump: Nobody knew how violent pandemic would be

United States President Donald Trump in a Fox News interview defended his actions amid the coronavirus pandemic, claiming nobody could have known how "violent" the outbreak would get.

Trump's comments come after American journalist Bob Woodward, in a book, alleged the president had told him in an interview that he purposely played down the severity of the outbreak, which both the White House and the administration's chief health expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, have denied.

"I don't wanna be jumping up and down and scaring people," Trump explained, saying he has tried to keep people from panicking but acted accordingly, closing borders to the nations most hit by the pandemic early on. The president added that he will not read the book in question as he "doesn't have the time."

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