The media has become enraged (yet again) with revelations in Bob Woodward’s book that President Trump knew the coronavirus was “deadly” but went to great lengths not to panic the country as the coronavirus began.
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has milked the news for all it’s worth.
The former vice president – topping an economic speech at a United Auto Workers headquarters in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday — pointed to reporter Bob Woodward‘s new book, which claims that the president told the longtime Washington Post journalist in February that he knew the coronavirus was “deadly” but went to great lengths to downplay the virus in public.
Spotlighting the rising national death toll from the coronavirus, Biden stressed that “on the day that we hit 190,000 dead in the United States because of COVID-19, we just learned from the Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward that the president of the United States has admitted on tape in February he knew about COVID-19, that it passed through air.”
“He knew how deadly it was. It was much more deadly than the flu. He knew and purposely played it down. Worse, he lied to the American people. He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to country for months,” Biden said.
The former vice president for months has charged that Trump initially downplayed the pandemic’s severity – and has also repeatedly accused the president of mismanaging the federal government’s response to the outbreak.
But on February 28, 2020, Biden, himself stated: “It’s not a time to panic about coronavirus.”
FLASHBACK: Joe Biden on February 28, 2020.
“It’s not a time to panic about coronavirus”pic.twitter.com/EVYRf01H4K
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 10, 2020
Trump didn’t panic. He remained calm, kept the country calm, and dealt with the pandemic in the best way possible.
In fact, the country’s lead immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stated clearly, early on, that the president’s and the administration’s response was “impressive.”
“The coordinated response has been…there are a number of adjectives to describe it — impressive, I think, is one of them. I mean, we’re talking about all hands on deck,” Fauci said in late March.
“So I can’t imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more,” he added.
Earlier in the month, he also said, “Always when you have an outbreak, there’s a little bit of the ‘fog of war’ associated with that. You’re trying to do the right thing, you’re trying to keep up with an evolving situation. But I think in the context of what we’re dealing with, I think everybody’s doing really well.”
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