Trump admits he knew the virus was “deadly” in Feb but “wanted to play it down” and told the public it'll “all work out fine”

Trump admits he knew the virus was “deadly” in Feb but “wanted to play it down” and told the public it'll “all work out fine”

He knew back in February the coronavirus was far deadlier than what he admitted to the public.

When we celebrated the New Year on 1st Jan 2020, no one had a clue that this would turn out to be one of the weirdest years ever. People made plans to travel around the world, say "I do" during a pretty ceremony, open new gateways for promotions at the workplace, and make other life-affirming changes. But everything came for a pause, which has now become a long halt, after COVID-19 hit the whole world.

According to NBC News, more than 900,000 people have lost their lives due to the havoc created by the virus. It soon spread to other countries with the most cases rising initially in Italy, then the United States, and Russia. However, right now the U.S., Brazil, and India are the countries with the most number of positive cases.



When cases started emerging from different parts of the U.S., the President of the United States declared it as a "hoax." According to CNBC, President Donald Trump labeled coronavirus as the Democrats' strategy to damage his administration.

During his campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, he said, “The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” and continued, "One of my people came up to me and said ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well.’ They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax that was on a perfect conversation. This is their new hoax."

He also once said that the virus would disappear like a "miracle." According to CNN's report during White House Thursday, the President said, "It's going to disappear. One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear," right after the US officials warned the country that the situation was only going to get worse. He did say that things could "get worse before it gets better," but didn't stop himself from adding, "maybe go away. We'll see what happens. Nobody really knows."



When the number of cases jumped scales, he blamed it on the testing. He said, “Now we have tested almost 40M people. By so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless. Results that no other country can show because no other country has the testing that we have, not in terms of the numbers or in terms of quality,” reported The Guardian.

Many supporters believed these statements made by the leader of the country. One such supporter, Vinny Scarnisi, of Pittsburg, New Hampshire called the pandemic a scheme to take down President Trump, reported ABC News. He said, "COVID is nothing but an avenue to try to take, in my opinion, and I'm just speaking for myself, to try to take the president out. It’s a brainwashing. There's no reason to be scared. Absolutely not. It’s a joke."

Another supporter, Maggie VandenBerghe, a California filmmaker blamed the media for "the scope of the hysteria," as reported by BBC News. She said, "Maybe it's a little conspiratorial, but I would not be surprised if the media was drumming up this hysteria in part to shake things up ahead of the election," she said.



"The one thing Donald Trump has really been able to run on time and time again, regardless of how you feel about his other policies, is the economy. And if they can destroy that ahead of the election, they might have a better chance of electing a Democrat."

While the President and his team played it cool for may months when more strategic decisions could have been made to flatten the curve, many believed it was because they didn't know better. But in a sensational revelation, we see that Donald Trump admitted that weeks before the first coronavirus death was confirmed in the U.S, he knew it was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious, and "more deadly than even your strenuous flus." He also added that he nonchalantly said that he wanted to play it down in public, reported CNN, which is exactly what he did.

These facts were revealed by journalist Bob Woodward in his new book Rage. According to it, Trump told Woodward on February 7, "This is deadly stuff." Later in March, he also admitted that he knew a lot more details about the virus than that was presented to the people. "Pretty amazing," he told Woodward and added that the virus could be five times "more deadly" than the flu.



On Wednesday, September 9, responding to the book, Trump confirmed that he did not want to create panic but also defended his response and action taken for the pandemic during an event at the White House. He said, "The fact is I'm a cheerleader for this country. I love our country. And I don't want people to be frightened. I don't want to create panic, as you say, and certainly, I'm not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We want to show strength."

Without addressing the delay in taking the pandemic seriously and the number of lives lost and the lives still at stake, in his last interview with Woodward in July, he said, "The virus has nothing to do with me. It's not my fault. It's — China let the damn virus out."


According to experts, if only in early February the President had imposed a strict shutdown along with the message to wear masks all the time, social distance and wash hands, instead of keeping the dangers of the virus hidden form the people, thousands of lives could have been saved and many would families would not have lost their loved ones.

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