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“I Up-Played It”: Trump Disputes Own Admission He Downplayed Pandemic

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump falsely claimed he did not play down the coronavirus pandemic in a town hall on Tuesday night, saying, “In fact, in many ways, I played it, in terms of action.”
His remarks came in response to an unengaged voter at the ABC News event, who asked Trump why he would “downplay a pandemic known to disproportionately harm low-income families and minority communities.”
The US president said he had not minimized the threat of the virus: “My action has been firm. I am not trying to be dishonest. I don’t want people to panic. ”
Trump’s misleading response comes a week after investigative reporter Bob Woodward revealed that the president explicitly admitted playing down the virus in interviews with him. Woodward reported that although Trump’s national security adviser gave him a “jarring” warning in January about the virus, calling it the “greatest national security threat” of his presidency, Trump has continued to underestimate the risks in public statements.
On February 27, Trump said publicly, “This will go away. Someday – it’s like a miracle – it will go away.”
On March 9, he compared it to the flu, tweeting, “Nothing stops, life and the economy go on.”
On March 19, Trump declared a national emergency. But at the same time, he told Woodward, “I always wanted to play it down. I still like to minimize it, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Bob Woodward said of Trump: “I don’t know if he got it all in his head, to be honest, what’s real and what’s unreal.”
At ABC’s town hall, the president also said the virus would “disappear”, with or without a vaccine. This would be happening because of the “herd mentality,” he said. It is not known if he was talking about heard immunity, as he repeated the phrase over and over.
“He would go away without the vaccine, George,” he told ABC reporter George Stephanopoulos.
“Over time, it disappears. And you will develop yourself as a herd mentality. It will be a grown flock, and it will happen. It will all happen.”
Trump also answered the voter’s question by repeating misleading claims about his first travel restrictions during COVID-19, mistakenly calling them “bans” from China and Europe.
Trump made further questionable claims about the virus on Tuesday evening. Asked by an unengaged voter why he doesn’t do a better job of promoting mask use and why he doesn’t wear a mask more often, the president again cast doubts on the scientific consensus of his administration, who highly recommended the use of the face coatings
“There are people who don’t think masks are good,” Trump said, adding that the masks caused problems for the “servers”.
Asked why he doesn’t support a national mask mandate, the president suggested the voter could ask Democrats and his rival Joe Biden that question, saying, “He didn’t. They never did.”
It is unclear what the president was referring to, given that the former vice president is not currently an elected official and has no authority to implement a hiding policy.
The US president also defended his first praise for China’s handling of COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic. He said he trusted Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, at the time: “He told me that everything was under control, that everything was and that it was not valid.”
During the election campaign, Biden repeatedly criticized the president for distorting the threat of the virus at the start of the crisis. At a recent event in Michigan, the Democratic candidate said, “He knew how deadly it was. It was much more harmful than the flu. He knew it and deliberately downplayed it. Worse yet, he lied to the American people. He knowingly and willfully lied about the threat this posed to the country for months.”
The president has had several campaign events that have defied state orders on COVID, with large crowds inside, not practising social distancing.
Biden will answer voters’ questions on Thursday when he takes part in a CNN-hosted televised town hall. Trump and Biden will meet for the first presidential debate at the end of September.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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