US President Donald Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he was eager to play down the coronavirus outbreak so as not to alarm Americans. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he was eager to play down the coronavirus outbreak so as not to alarm Americans. Photo: AFP

politico | ‘This is deadly stuff’: tapes show Donald Trump acknowledging coronavirus threat in February

  • US president discussed disease with China’s Xi Jinping and was aware of danger, journalist Bob Woodward reveals in new book
  • Trump said in recorded interviews that he was eager to play down Covid-19 outbreak to avoid alarming Americans

US President Donald Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he was eager to play down the coronavirus outbreak so as not to alarm Americans. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he was eager to play down the coronavirus outbreak so as not to alarm Americans. Photo: AFP
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