- President Donald Trump in an early February interview told veteran reporter Bob Woodward that COVID-19 was deadlier than even the worst flu viruses.
- Meanwhile, Trump downplayed the threat of COVID-19 publicly.
- The US has the worst COVID-19 numbers in the world in terms of cases and fatalities, but Trump has consistently diminished the threat to the public.
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In early February, President Donald Trump told veteran reporter Bob Woodward that COVID-19 was deadlier than “even your strenuous flus.” The conversation was recorded.
On February 7, as he downplayed the threat of the virus to the public, Trump said to Woodward: “It goes through the air. That’s always tougher than the touch. You don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s