The biggest bombs in Bob Woodwards Anger have already been reported, but continued in his first sitting interview 60 minutes On Sunday, the famous investigative journalist explained why he had decided to make a final judgment in his book on Donald Trump – that the president was the “wrong man for the job”.
“You are known as the reporter who doesn’t put his thumb on the scales. And yet at the end of this book you do just that. ” 60 minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley said to Woodward.
“It’s a conclusion, based on evidence and overwhelming evidence, that he couldn’t take the opportunity with the virus and tell the truth,”
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Last week, CNN and The Washington Post reported on the most recent revelation in the book: That Trump knew on February 7th that the coronavirus virus was “deadly” and in the air and that it was worse than the flu. Still, Trump downplayed the severity and threat of the virus throughout the month, even comparing it to the seasonal flu.
Meanwhile, Trump continues to downplay the potential for the virus to spread, as he mocked his rival Joe Biden for wearing a mask. His campaign continues to have rallies where supporters are huddled together and many do not wear masks. Indeed, just like that 60 minutes The interview aired as the Trump campaign was preparing for the first indoor rally in three months, an event to be held on Sunday evening in Henderson, NV. Masks are recommended but are not required.
Woodward interviewed Trump 18 times for the book, which sparked much speculation as to why the president would choose to be grilled so extensively by the famous investigative reporter. One theory: Trump believed that he could influence Woodward’s view of his administration’s performance by sheer power of personality and persuasiveness.
Instead, Trump has defended his comments, which Woodward taped. The president said he downplayed the virus threat because he did not want to panic Americans, despite routinely raising the alarm about the Antifa threat and Democrats wanting to destroy the suburbs.
In his last interview with Trump in August, Woodward said it touched on the coronavirus again as the pandemic continued to spread across the country. Trump insisted during the interview that “nothing more could have been done” to contain the virus.
“More could not have been done. Does he remember what he told me in February that it was more deadly than the flu? “Woodward told Pelley. “I mean, it almost took my breath away that there was such a certainty when he was utterly wrong about the issue that defines the position of this country at the moment.”
They talked again in August, but by that time the book was already on its way to the publisher. Woodward said to Trump, “It’s a hard book. There will be things that you won’t like, judgments that I’ve made. “
“It looks like I don’t have it in this book, but we’ll get you sometime later, I think,” Trump said in a recording that was played on 60 minutes.
Woodward said to Pelley, “An hour and a half later he tweeted that Bob Woodward’s book would be forged.”
Bob Woodward says an hour and a half after telling President Trump that his new book was going to be tough on him, the president “tweeted that Bob Woodward’s book will be fake”. https://t.co/dFnYXQkgtk pic.twitter.com/gwcuJf8ohY
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