Trump pushes back against media, argues he downplayed COVID-19 to prevent panic

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Trump told the grilling reporters, “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.”

“The fact is, there has to be a calmness. You don’t want me jumping up and down screaming there’s going to be great death. Really causing serious problems for the country,” said Trump.

He then emphasized, “If Bob Woodward thought it was bad, then he should have immediately gone out publicly right after I said it…gone out to the authorities…not wait for four months.” Trump added that Woodward “didn’t think it was bad. He actually said he didn’t think it was bad.”

“Bob Woodward is not the president,” commented Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker, who had been questioning Trump.

Another reporter fired back by arguing that European Union leaders like Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded the alarm without creating a panic.

Trump argues everyone knew the virus was airborne

Trump went on to argue that the world knew COVID-19 was an airborne illness before his conversation with Woodward. “China said it was airborne earlier than the statements I made,”  he said.