Trump Admits Downplaying COVID-19 Risks
While Martha McSally Defended Trump,
Trump Was Admitting That He Was Downplaying COVID-19 Risks
PHOENIX — “This is deadly stuff.” In a series of interviews with Bob Woodward, Donald Trump repeatedly admitted downplaying the deadly risks on COVID-19, even as his allies like Martha McSally praised Trump for “leading” and “doing the best [he] can.”
According to CNN’s reporting on Woodward’s book:
Trump admitted in early February that COVID-19 was “deadly stuff” — directly contradicting his many public remarks at the time downplaying risks.
Trump admitted on March 19 that he “wanted to always play it down” — admitting that he purposefully concealed the risks to the American people for weeks. During Trump’s February 19 visit to Phoenix, he claimed, “I think it’s going to work out fine.”
Trump’s remarks also directly contradict McSally’s best efforts to defend Trump’s repeated failures:
For her part, McSally claims she was first briefed on COVID-19 risks in January, but she told Arizonans it was safe to go on spring break vacation as late as March 6. And McSally even ignored CDC and local public health warnings to headline a large, March 14 political fundraising dinner in Tucson.
“Senator McSally began receiving COVID-19 briefings in January, but for months failed to warn Arizonans about the risks. Was she — like Trump — intentionally downplaying risks? Yet again, McSally is putting her political career first, and Arizonans deserve answers,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson.