And then there's this from CNN:
And this from ABC:
President Donald Trump, in an interview with journalist Bob Woodward, has admitted to deliberately minimizing the seriousness of the novel coronavirus to the public despite understanding its true danger, according to reports on Wednesday.
"I wanted to always play it down," Trump said on March 19, according to CNN, which obtained an audio recording of the interview, and The Washington Post. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."
Trump had acknowledged to Woodward over a month before that the recognized COVID-19 was "deadly stuff," according to CNN -- in contrast with the president's public assertions the virus would "work out fine" and was "very much under control."
This is what he said on March 19:
I wanted to always play it down.So the next time anyone asserts that Donald Trump played down the severity of the virus, all they'd have to do is to say they're quoting (now wait for it) Donald fucking Trump.