September 9, 2020 Press Releases

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:

“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.