The hits are still coming from Rage author Bob Woodward, who premiered a new exclusive audio recording of President Donald Trump admitting behind closed doors how dangerous he knew coronavirus was long before he began to take it externally seriously in public.
“Bob, it’s so easily transferable that you would not even believe it,” Trump can be heard saying on the tape that Woodward recorded on April 13, 2020 and shared with Stephen Colbert for Monday night’s episode of The late show. The president goes on to tell what he apparently thought was a funny story about being in the Oval Office with a group of advisers when one of them gossiped.
“A guy sneezed innocently,”
“He makes light there at the end, but at the heart of it is something extraordinarily shocking,” Colbert said after listening to the clip.
“Yes,” Woodward replied, reminding viewers that Trump was still “trivializing the virus” at this point, which he admitted to the reporter a few weeks earlier. Referring to the president’s most indoor gathering in Nevada on Sunday night, he added: “God knows how many people there, all packed together, I wonder if anyone is sneezing in the front row if Trump wants to save himself again and get out of the way. ”
“In any case, this is too serious, as you know,” Woodward continued. With more than 190,000 Americans dying from the virus, he said, “my reporting shows he knew back in January” how dangerous it really was.
The same day Woodward made the tape, Trump threatened to “override” measures taken by governors to protect their residents from the virus.
“When someone is president of the United States, the authority is total, and that’s how it will be,” Trump told reporters. “It simply came to our notice then. That’s totally. And the governors know that. “Four days later, he tweeted demands to” LIBERATE “various democracy-controlled states that had seen armed protests against coronavirus lockdowns.
“I once asked him, ‘What is the president’s job?'” Woodward told Colbert about Trump. “And he said the job is to protect the people. I agree. I think most people in this country would “And he failed to protect the people. He could not find a way to tell the truth.”