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Trump Admits It: He Downplayed the Coronavirus

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President Donald Trump admitted to the American public Wednesday that he had indeed downplayed the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, conceding that he didn’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,” Trump told a reporter after giving remarks on possible Supreme Court appointments when asked if he did so “to reduce panic.” 

Trump’s comments came just hours after CNN published experts and audio from famed journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book that showed the president admitting to Woodward that he understated the dire impact of the coronavirus despite knowing how deadly the virus could be. 

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