After four years of trying to bring down President Trump Democrats thought they finally had their silver bullet.
But it was not to be.
And Bob Woodward’s smoking gun audio tape just blew up in the Democrats’ faces.
Bob Woodward teased out excerpts from his anti-Trump hit piece book “Rage.”
As part of the book Trump sat for 18 interviews even though Woodward is basically a tabloid gossip reporter at this stage of his career.
Woodward recorded the interviews and leaked the contents to the Washington Post and fake news CNN.
The fake news media seized on a March 19 recording where the President said he did not want to incite panic as evidence Trump misled the American people telling them everything would be alright while at the same telling a journalist in private he knew how deadly this virus really was.
“Well, I think Bob, really to be honest with you … I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
But this narrative is simply a lie.
It is not backed up by the public record.
President Trump did not keep his true thoughts on the coronavirus to himself.
On March 31 President Trump said the exact same thing he said to Woodward except he explained his thoughts in greater detail during a primetime press conference where President Trump explained he was extending the lockdown for another two months because models – which later turned out to be wrong – claimed 2 million Americans would die if nothing was done.
“I think, from the beginning, my attitude was that we have to give this country — I know how bad it was. All you have to do is look at what was going on in China. It was devastation. And all you have — look at the numbers from China, those initial numbers coming out from China,” Trump said to fake news CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
Trump explained it was his job to be positive and not to frighten the American people.
“ I want to be positive. I don’t want to be negative. I have to — I’m a positive person. Somebody said, “Oh, I wish he’d be more negative.” They literally have that; it’s in one of the wonderful newspapers today. “I wish he’d be more negative.” Well, this is really easy to be negative about. But I want to give people hope too. You know, I’m a cheerleader for the country. We’re going through the worst thing that the country has probably ever seen,” Trump added.
Trump told the public the exact same thing he said to Woodward in private – that he knew the virus was serious. But he felt it was his job to deliver an optimistic message to the American people.
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