Quick look: Here's what Trump told the public versus what he told Bob Woodward about COVID-19 - 2020-09-09

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F367.png Quick look: Here's what Trump told the public versus what he told Bob Woodward about COVID-19 September 9, 2020, Savannah Behrmann, USA Today

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's acknowledgement that he was publicly downplaying the coronavirus while privately admitting its severity to veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward as early as February sent shock-waves on Wednesday.

Trump told Woodward in an interview on Feb. 7 about how much "more deadly" COVID-19 would be than the flu, a startling juxtaposition from the president's public remarks at the time and in the months since about COVID-19, its lethality and its spread.

"I wanted to always play it down," Trump said to Woodward on March 19, according to news outlets. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

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