Trump: ‘I didn’t lie’
President Trump, responding to liberal claims that he “lied” about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, said that he did what any prudent leader would do to prevent widespread panic.
During a press conference, NBC News correspondent, Jon Karl, asked Trump: “Why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you have to say now?”
The question was in response to an audio recording of Trump saying he played down the severity of the pandemic because he didn’t want people to panic.
“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump said on the tape according to CNN. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
“That’s a terrible question and the phraseology,” said Trump, upbraiding Karl’s unprofessional journalism in leading the question. “I didn’t lie. What I said is we have to be calm. We can’t be panicked,” according to ABC News.
“Listen. What I went out and said was very simple,” Trump added to a follow-up by Karl. “I want to show a level of confidence, and I want to show strength as a leader. I want to show our country will be fine one way or the other whether we lose one person — we shouldn’t lose any. This shouldn’t have happened. This is China’s fault. Nobody’s fault but China.
“I don’t want to jump up and down and start screaming ‘Death! Death!’ Because that’s not what it’s about. We have to lead a country. We’re leading a great country. We’re doing a great job,” he continued.
Trump also commented on Bob Woodward, who leaked the tapes in the midst of an election contest after getting access to Trump for his book and being allowed to notate the conversation.
“If Bob Woodward thought what I said was bad, then he should have immediately right after I said it gone out to the authorities so they can prepare and let him know. But he didn’t think it was bad. He said he didn’t think it was bad. He actually said he didn’t think it was bad,” Trump said.
Predictably, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has said that the Trump tapes reveal that the president deliberately tried to kill people.
“He knew how dangerous it was, and while this deadly disease ripped through our nation, he failed to do his job on purpose. It was a life-and-death betrayal of the American people,” Biden said.
Public health officials, including liberal saint, Dr. Anthony Fauci, have said that Trump never downplayed the seriousness of the federal response to the novel coronavirus.
“I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything,” Fauci said according to Politico. “In my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. When he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things.”
PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour
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