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White House tries to dismiss Trump’s admission that he knew Covid-19 was deadly and downplayed it

The White House insists Donald Trump has “never lied to the American public” about coronavirus after the President gave veteran journalist Bob Woodward a series of interviews where he said the pandemic was deadly while playing it down in public.



a man wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony and meeting with the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti in the Oval Office of the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony and meeting with the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti in the Oval Office of the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Responding for the first time to the recordings made by Woodward for his book “Rage,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday Trump was merely looking to convey calm when he publicly downplayed the virus while privately acknowledging its severity.

“When you are facing insurmountable challenges, it’s important to express confidence and express calm,” she said.

“The President was expressing calm and his actions reflect that,” she said, adding later: “The President has always been clear-eyed with the American people.”

In the recordings, Trump is heard telling Woodward: “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

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