Trump's insistence in March that he wanted to "play down" the coronavirus threat despite knowing its deadliness "upped his own criminal ante to second-degree murder", Kirschner said, breaking down the pieces of the alleged charge step by step. "That's always tougher than the touch. This is going to be the roughest thing you face". Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed. Attendees at the rally itself were also mostly maskless. Bolton was sacked and later wrote a book about his experience in the Trump White House.
While Trump has maintained he did not lie to the American people, Kirschner disagrees. "And why should we trust what you have to say now?"
"That was the demarcation line for me", Woodward remarked.
Still, nobody should lose sight of the fact that the sitting United States president intentionally downplayed the threat posed by a deadly virus, and the national death toll will shortly tick over the 200 000 mark.
"I love this guy", he added.
Ever since excerpts of Woodward's book, due for publication on September 15, revealed that Trump knowingly lied about the severity of COVID-19 all the way back in early 2020, the President has tried to deflect the scandal onto Woodward.
On February 7, Trump described the novel coronavirus as being five times "more deadly than even your strenuous flus", directly contradicting his many assurances to the public that the virus would disappear.
On Feb. 28, Trump referred to coronavirus as Democrats' "new hoax".
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Dani Brzozowski, the Democratic nominee challenging U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, in the 16th Congressional District, said in a lengthy Facebook post that Trump "let our neighbors die and our families starve".
One hour later, Trump again tweeted the baseless conspiracy theory that Democrats will allow suburbs to be overrun by "anarchists" and "protesters". And the way a leader reacts is you tell them the truth. As a pandemic raged and Trump continued to mislead the public about its dangers, Woodward continued reporting.
During a recent interview with the Washington Post's media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, Woodward defended his decision to sit on the recordings.
"I told him it was for the book", he said, but as far as promising not to publish in real time, or signing such an agreement, "I don't do that". "Because if [Trump] did know and he did it anyway, you simply can't reconcile that with the qualities and the character you need in a president of the United States".