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Trump Claims, Without Cracking Up, That He Didn’t Want to ‘Scare People’ With Truth About COVID

President Donald Trump, who launched his 2016 presidential campaign by fear-mongering about Mexican “rapists,” said with a straight face on Wednesday night that he intentionally misled the public on the coronavirus threat because he doesn’t “want to scare people.”

Following his bombshell admission to legendary journalist Bob Woodward that he knowingly downplayed the virus even though he knew in early February that it was airborne, contagious, and far deadlier than the flu, the president called into close confidant Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to manage the very public fallout.

And he pushed the talking point he and Team Trump had settled on earlier in the day—that he purposely lied to the public in order to prevent panic.

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