The US President, Donald was interviewed by journalist Bob Woodward. When he was asked about dealing with Covid-19, he defended his decision to downplay the risks of pandemic.
Trump used the word “proper” in his defense. Woodward, is well known for his reporting by the watergate scandal. He interview Mr Trump around 18 times from December to July.
In February, Mr Trump claimed to minimize the virus’s severity to avoid the panic in the minds of people.
Regarding his interview, Trump took to the twitter. He said that, Woodward didn’t report his quotes for months. Trump explained that Woodward knew that he had good and proper answers,“calm, no panic!”
Trump also made people believe that he didn’t mislead American public. He did not lie regarding the seriousness of the virus as per the allegations on him.
At a White House news conference,Thursday afternoon, he said in response to a reporter’s question: “I didn’t lie, what I said is we have to be calm, we can’t be panicked.”
He also added “I don’t want to jump up and down and start screaming, ‘death, death’, because that’s not what it’s about.”.
Basically he didn’t want to create a situation where people panick. He claims that his words were twisted and not presented in a manner it should have been.
According ot the records 190,000 Americans have died due to Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
What has Trump to say regarding the controversy on his statement?
“Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives?” Mr Trump said.
Trump felt , Woodward was not obliged to say those words, because they were good and proper answers. Woodward did it certainly to potray a negetive image of Trump.
The US president – who is running for re-election in November – on Wednesday told reporters the Woodward book was “a political hit job”.
What did Woodward feel regarding Trump’s comment on him ?
Woodward was flooded with criticism for withholding the President’s remarks on the pandemic. People felt it was unethical.
He, in his defense said, he didn’t believe Trump. Bob wanted to check whether what Mr Trump stated was accurate or not.
“The biggest problem I had, which is always a problem with Trump, is I didn’t know if it was true,” Woodward mentioned.