Trump now says he ‘up-played’ virus threat after having suggested Woodward he wished to ‘play it down’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida balloting rights ruling Russian jets identified in Trump advertising and marketing campaign advert calling for toughen for the troops Democratic Senate candidate ‘hesitant’ to get COVID-19 vaccine if current this year MORE on Tuesday claimed that he “up-played” the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, despite telling Bob Woodward in March that he “wished to frequently play it down.”

The president changed into asked throughout an ABC News town hall in Pennsylvania why he minimized COVID-19 when the virus has proved to be severely lethal for communities of coloration.

“I didn’t downplay it. I in truth, in many systems, I up-played it, in phrases of motion,” Trump talked about. “My motion changed into very solid.”

Trump cited his transfer to curtail walk to the US from China in January and his decision to bar most walk from Europe in March. The president referred to them as bans, even supposing neither changed into a blanket ban.

“So as that changed into called motion, no longer with the mouth nonetheless in right fact,” Trump talked about. “We did a truly, very upright job after we establish that ban on.”

“Whether or no longer you name it abilities or luck, it changed into very major,” Trump persevered. “So we saved a amount of lives after we did that.”

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 16, 2020

The president’s insistence that he took the virus seriously contradicts his beget comments, made on tape to Woodward on March 19, that he intentionally downplayed the significance of the COVID-19 outbreak to grab far from developing horror.

“I wished to, I wished to frequently play it down. I mute esteem playing it down, because I don’t are fervent to present a horror,” Trump talked about in the recording, which changed into launched last week sooner than the commence of Woodward’s book.

Trump additionally suggested Woodward in a Feb. 7 dialog that COVID-19 is “more lethal than even your strenuous flus.”

Requested about these comments last week, Trump doubled down on his hiss that it changed into major to mission quiet when talking concerning the virus.

The U.S. has reported more coronavirus infections and deaths than any other nation in the sector, with roughly 6 million cases and nearly 196,000 deaths.

Critics rating seized on Trump’s dismissiveness toward the threat of the virus in January, February and March, when he claimed the U.S. had the topic under regulate and compared COVID-19 to the seasonal flu.

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