New Audio: Trump Privately Called Virus A ‘Killer’ Days After Telling Public It Was In Retreat

In new audio from Bob Woodward that was obtained by CNN, Donald Trump privately called the coronavirus a “killer” just three days after he told the American public that it would soon be “in full retreat.”

“This thing is a killer if it gets you,” the president said on April 13, showing a pretty clear understanding that the virus was a growing, deadly threat. “It is the plague.”

But three days before he sounded the alarm to Woodward, Trump was on Twitter saying the coronavirus “will soon be in full retreat.”

Nothing to see here, America.

Four days after Trump agreed with Woodward that the virus was a “scourge,” Trump took to Twitter to demand states be “liberated” from stay-at-home orders.

This was about misleading – not calming – the American people

The latest revelation from Bob Woodward confirms what has already been made clear by the previous tapes: Donald Trump knew the virus was a serious threat, but he chose to lie about it publicly.

The idea that Trump was trying to calm the American people is simply absurd. This a man, after all, who has built his entire political career on stoking fear and division.

Dismissing the virus in public and urging states to throw open their doors in the middle of a pandemic was all about misleading the American public ahead of a tough reelection campaign.

Donald Trump didn’t care how many Americans died of the coronavirus so long as his reelection chances weren’t hurt.

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