He made the strange comparison to defend himself for downplaying the importance of the coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday compared the fact that he minimized the severity of the coronavirus with the words of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who calmed the population during the Nazi bombings of London in World War II.
Citing one historical imprecisionTrump said Churchill “often went to a rooftop in London and spoke” during the Nazi bombings of the British capital.
“He always spoke calmly,” said the president during a campaign event in Michigan, adding: “We did well and we have done a job like no one else.”
Churchill watched the Nazi bombing raids on London from a rooftop, but there is no record to make speeches during them.
The president is in the spotlight after admitting in March that he was intentionally downplaying the severity of the new coronavirus in order to avoid causing panic, journalist Bob Woodward says in his next book.
“We have to be calm, we do not want to be crazy lunatics,” Trump insisted on Thursday in Michigan in reference to the coronavirus pandemic, which has the United States the most affected country in the world, with more than 6.39 million cases and more than 191,000 deceased.
Hours earlier, when asked during a press conference why he had “lied” to Americans about the severity of the virus, the president had replied: “I did not lie. What I said is that we have to be calm. We cannot be in panic. “
According to the audio of the interview between Woodward and Trump, the president appeared to be aware in early February about how the virus was transmitted, even though he scrapped the idea of wearing masks in the following months.
Trump’s revelations to Woodward will be fully known in the new book by the famous journalist, under the title Rage (Fury), released two months before the presidential elections in the United States.