He revealed one thing to Bob Woodward. And on Tuesday, in an interview with ABC, he told another. So what did he say?
Yes. Not. President Donald Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he had deliberately downplayed the danger of the coronavirus so as not to bring panic to the country. And that was recorded and written in a book, Rage, which has already been released. But on Tuesday, President Donald Trump himself told another journalist that he never underestimated the situation, rather the gigantic.
At a televised event with voters, Trump said he had “exaggerated.”
The claim contradicts comments Trump made to Woodward earlier this year, when he said he downplayed the severity of the virus to avoid panic.
Trump also repeated Tuesday that a vaccine could be ready “in a few weeks” despite skepticism from health experts. Even this Wednesday an official, highly optimistic and ambitious plan was presented, which speaks of a vaccine for the end of the year or just January.
No vaccine has yet completed clinical trials, leading some scientists to fear politics rather than health and safety is driving the push for a vaccine ahead of the November 3 presidential election.
Going back to what Trump did or did not say, At Tuesday’s meeting at an “open town hall” in Philadelphia, held by ABC News in Pennsylvania, Trump was asked why he “downplayed a pandemic known to harm disproportionately low-income families and minority communities. “
Trump replied, “Yes, well, I didn’t downplay it. In fact, in many ways, I surpassed it in terms of action. “
“My action was very strong“he said, citing a ban imposed on people traveling from China and Europe earlier this year.
“We would have lost thousands more if the ban hadn’t been in place. We saved a lot of lives when we did that,” Trump said.
The US ban on foreign travelers who were recently in China went into effect in early February, while the ban on travelers from European countries was introduced the following month.
But Trump has been accused of being slow in the implementation of measures to reduce the virus.
An epidemiologist told the New York Times in February that reducing travel to and from China was more an emotional reaction the politics.
“The cow is out of the barn and now we’re talking about closing the barn door,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told the newspaper.
According to Woodward’s book, Trump was warned of the severity of the virus in January, but despite that, according to Scientific American, “he did not develop a national strategy to provide protective equipment, coronavirus testing or clear health guidelines. “
In another speech on Tuesday, Trump said that many people do not want to wear chinstraps and that “there are many people who think that masks They arent good”.
When asked who these people were, the president said they were “young men, who come and serve you, and have a mask.”