Former federal prosecutor: Trump admitted to '2nd degree murder' in Woodward interview

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"President Trump intentionally lied to the American people about the seriousness of COVID-19", Foster said in the post.

There's probably some truth to that, but then there are also massive financial incentives to withhold your book's most damning information until shortly before its release date.

At a White House press briefing on Thursday, Sept. 10, Trump was confronted over his lies.

If the USA were to relax mask mandates, social distancing, and other pandemic restrictions, as Trump seems to be promoting, a model from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that more than 410,000 people in the us could die from COVID-19 by the end of 2020.

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"I didn't lie, what I said was we had to be calm, we can't be panicked", Trump responded.

Still, nobody should lose sight of the fact that the sitting USA president intentionally downplayed the threat posed by a deadly virus, and the national death toll will shortly tick over the 200 000 mark.

Despite knowing about the threat back in January, Trump diminished the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, pushed states to reopen quickly, and has packed campaign events while flouting local social distancing guidelines.

"I don't want to jump up and down and scream 'death, ' because that's not what it's about", Trump said.

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On Feb. 28, Trump referred to coronavirus as Democrats' "new hoax". "Let's give him that one", he said. When the subject turned the leak of Trump's interviews with Bob Woodward, Bolton said that this could be the point where the campaign ends. "He was saying to Bob Woodward, in very dramatic tones, you know, 'This thing is airborne only you need to do is breathe near somebody who is infected and you are going to get it, ' he didn't tell the American people that".

During a recent interview with the Washington Post's media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, Woodward defended his decision to sit on the recordings.

Woodward said his aim was to provide a fuller context than could occur in a news story: "I knew I could tell the second draft of history, and I knew I could tell it before the election".

"Ideally", Gottlieb went on to say, the United States should have been able to implement mitigation steps specifically in areas where testing has shown that the virus was spreading, but ultimately, this lack of testing in February and March was the "key missing element" in mounting an "effective" response.

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