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Trump Insists He “Up-Played” COVID Despite His Stated Strategy of Downplaying It

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16.09.2020

President Donald Trump, appearing at a town hall event in Philadelphia hosted by ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, sought to rewrite history by insisting he never downplayed the risks of COVID-19, despite the existence of audio recordings in which he explicitly told journalist Bob Woodward that downplaying the virus was his preferred strategy.

In recorded interviews between Woodward and Trump released last week, Trump told the journalist back in March he had “wanted to always play it down” regarding the dangers of the virus, although he had described the coronavirus as “deadly” to Woodward in a prior interview just a month before. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

When asked to explain those comments on Tuesday evening, Trump denied that he had minimized the seriousness of the disease in his public statements.

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“Well I didn’t downplay it,” Trump responded. “I actually in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action.”

In a special @ABC2020, Pres. Trump disputes uncommitted voter who asked why he downplayed a virus that has disproportionately affected communities of ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics)........

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