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Politics Trump told journalist Bob Woodward: 'I'm not' worried about contracting COVID-19

14:20  03 october  2020
14:20  03 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Woodward , a veteran Washington Post journalist who became famous for his coverage of President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal and has since written books about several presidents, conducted 18 interviews with Trump over six months. On Feb. 7, Trump told Woodward that the coronavirus was

Despite recognizing the threat of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump told journalist Bob Woodward he had no fear of contracting COVID-19 himself.

"Well, you’re risking getting it, of course, the way you move around and have those briefings and deal with people. Are you worried about that?" Woodward asks on tapes of his conversations with Trump that released for his new book "Rage."

"No, I’m not. I don’t know why I’m not. I’m not," Trump replied. The recording can be heard on CNN's website.

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President Donald Trump told Bob Woodward that he "always" downplayed the threat of COVID - 19 to avoid causing panic, the veteran journalist wrote in Trump has repeatedly downplayed the threat of COVID - 19 . Early in the outbreak, Trump suggested that the virus would not spread at scale in the US

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Trump is being treated at Walter Reed Military Medical Center after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Leading up to the test, Trump had campaigned vigorously before crowds that weren't wearing masks.

During his presidential debate Tuesday, Trump pointed out his different attitude about masks with his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump pulled a mask from his coat pocket and said he wears it "when needed." But he was critical of Biden, saying "I don't wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he has got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet from you and he shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen."

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Trump tapes: President told Woodward what he held back from America on Covid - 19 . "Well, I think if you said in order to reduce panic, perhaps that's so," Trump said. "The fact is I ' m a cheerleader By March 19, when Trump told Woodward he was purposely downplaying the dangers to avoid creating

Donald Trump ’s positive Covid - 19 diagnosis makes him one of more than a dozen world leaders and high-profile politicians to have contracted the virus. As the Covid crisis worsened earlier in the summer, he had boasted that he wasn’t worried about getting sick, saying his “athlete’s background”

In the interview with Woodward on April 13, Trump left no doubt about the seriousness of the coronavirus. "This rips you apart," he said. He recalled someone sneezing inside a room at the White House and "the entire room bailed out, including me," fearing the virus was being spread.

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Trump, however, didn't expand on why he didn't fear catching the virus himself.

In interviews with Woodward between December 2019 and July 2020, Trump discussed the threat of the coronavirus with a level of detail that he had not yet acknowledged to the public, noting Feb. 7 that it was "deadly stuff," and "more deadly than your — even your strenuous flus."

Donald Trump et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. - Trump visited Kenosha, the city at the center of a raging US debate over racism, despite pleas to stay away and claims he is dangerously fanning tensions as a reelection ploy. © MANDEL NGAN, AFP via Getty Images US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. - Trump visited Kenosha, the city at the center of a raging US debate over racism, despite pleas to stay away and claims he is dangerously fanning tensions as a reelection ploy.

While Trump discussed the threat of the virus to Woodward, he continued to assure the public that it was "under control" in the U.S. and would "go away."

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Audio of Donald Trump seemingly downplaying the Covid - 19 virus in February has grabbed the nation’s attention, but top doctor Anthony Fauci has In the audio, which Trump ’s critics have been sharing and dissecting, the president tells journalist Bob Woodward that he knows Covid - 19 is

" I wanted to always play it down," Trump told Woodward in mid-March, CNN reported. " I still like playing it down, because I CNN, which also published audio of Woodward 's March 19 interview with the president, reported Woodward writing that Trump had been informed weeks before Covid - 19

The pandemic has caused over 208,000 deaths in the United States with cases totaling over 7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the virus worldwide/

Contributing: Jeanine Santucci

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump told journalist Bob Woodward: 'I'm not' worried about contracting COVID-19

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