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Trump Defends His Coronavirus-Related Remarks from Earlier This Year: “I Want People Not to Panic, and That’s Exactly What I Did”

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Trump Defends His Coronavirus-Related Remarks from Earlier This Year: “I Want People Not to Panic, and That's Exactly What I Did”

On Fox News’s “Hannity” on Wednesday, President Trump defended his remarks earlier this year about the coronavirus pandemic in interviews with journalist Bob Woodward.

“I’m the leader of the country, I can’t be jumping up and down and scaring people,” Trump told Sean Hannity. “I don’t want to scare people. I want people not to panic, and that’s exactly what I did.”

The president then told Woodward in February that the coronavirus was “deadly stuff,” and on March 19th, Trump told Woodward that he “wanted to always play it down,” referring to the virus.

Trump criticized Woodward as an author of “hit jobs” on Wednesday.

“He does hit jobs with everybody, he even did it on Obama … constant hit jobs. On [George W.] Bush, I guess, they did three books, they were all terrible,” Trump also said.

“So I figured, you know, ‘Let’s give it a little shot, I’ll speak to him.’ It wasn’t a big deal, I speak to him and let’s see. I don’t know if the book is good or bad, I have no idea. I probably, almost definitely won’t read it because I don’t have time to read it. But I gave it a little bit of a shot, sounds like it’s not going to be good,” the president added.

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