“Was there a moment in all of this, the last two months, where you told yourself – you know, you’re awake or whatever you’re doing and you say, ‘Ah, this is a lifetime leadership test ? ‘”Woodward asked Trump on Tuesday night in a new clip aired on CNN’s” Anderson Cooper 360 “on March 19.
“I think it could be, but I don’t think that,” Trump said. “All I want to do is solve it. There are many people who say to me that they said, you are a wart president now.”
Wooden said, “This is a moment when a leader will say, ‘I got a warning: Trouble is coming. There are things we can do.” “But then he goes ahead and says, ‘Oh, I didn’t want to tell the truth because I used to panic people.” People in this country do not do this when they have told the truth. ”
Woodward’s extensive interview with Trump for his new book, “Rage,” reveals the president’s views on a number of hot-button issues, namely his handling of the national coronovirus response, which in some instances is his public interest at the time. There was a counter for the message. .
“It’s deadly stuff,” Trump told Woodward on February 7.
The first known death in the US from Kovid-19 occurred in Washington state on February 29, approximately six weeks after the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first US case. It was later revealed that Kovid-19 had died on 6 February.
In March, Trump admitted that he was playing the virus below. He also told Woodward on March 19 that he had recently learned “it’s not just for older people” who are susceptible. However, Trump repeatedly insisted that it was primarily to be concerned with the elderly.
“We’re living in an Orwellian world, and it’s not just about some political problem or some geopolitical problem,” Woodward said. “It’s about the lives of people in this country, and he was told – he knew.”
When Woodward told Trump that the election would be a contest between him, former Vice President Joe Biden “and Virus,” Trump insisted, “there could be nothing more.”
He said: “I worked quickly.”
He said he had asked several advisors, “Is this very interesting or is it true?”
“And the answer was, from everyone, ‘It’s true. … Trump’s whole business is about running away from the truth. You can’t run from the truth here because you’ve seen it,” he said.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
CNN’s Jamie Gangel, Tara Subramanian, Jeremy Herb and Elizabeth Stuart contributed to this report.