Trump Says He Downplayed Virus Threat to Maintain U.S. Calm
- Trump gave series of interviews to journalist Woodward
- President defends remarks, says he didn’t mislead public
President Donald Trump defended telling journalist Bob Woodward that he intentionally downplayed the severity of the coronavirus in public, saying he didn’t want to cause panic or price spikes.
“I wanted to always play it down, I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump told Woodward, the author and associate editor for the Washington Post, on March 19 in one of a series of interviews for his book, “Rage,” due for publication this month.