President Trump knew the truth and lied to Americans about the severity of COVID-19.  How could he risk the very lives of his supporters with rallies where people were encouraged not to social distance and not wear a mask? Trump admitted to Woodward he downplayed coronavirus threat in early days of outbreak President Trump admitted to journalist Bob Woodward in March that he publicly downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus as it silently spread around the world, hoping to avoid a panic even as he recognized how "deadly" the virus could be. Woodward interviewed the president for a total of nine hours for his new book, "Rage," and audio clips of the recorded interviews were published by CNN and The Washington Post on Wednesday. In an interview with Woodward on February 7, Mr. Trump said he had recently spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the virus, calling it a "tricky situation." The president said the coronavirus was "more deadly" than "even your strenuous flus," and difficult to address because "it goes through air."... https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-bob-woodward-coronavirus-pandemic-threat/