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Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans
WAPO ^ | 9/9/2020 | Robert Costa and Philip Rucker

Posted on 09/09/2020 10:43:36 AM PDT by bitt

President Trump’s head popped up during his top-secret intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 when the discussion turned to the coronavirus outbreak in China.

“This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien told Trump, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward. “This is going to be the roughest thing you face.”

Matthew Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, agreed. He told the president that after reaching contacts in China, it was evident that the world faced a health emergency on par with the flu pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

Ten days later, Trump called Woodward and revealed that he thought the situation was far more dire than what he had been saying publicly.

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coronavirus; trump; woodward
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To: bitt

Bobby Boy trying to take down another POTUS...

I’m very surprised that DJT gives access to people like Woodward...

81 posted on 09/09/2020 11:27:02 AM PDT by MCEscherHammer
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To: bitt

Alternate Reality Trump: My fellow Americans, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! Game over, man! It’s game over! Everyone my age is doomed! All the little kids, too! Run around in the street and scream! Steal whatever you want! Burn stuff! It’s the end the world! Abandon all hope!

Dems: Yes, that would have been much better.

82 posted on 09/09/2020 11:27:34 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: ScottinVA
"Well, you know why he held onto it until now. He serves the democrats."

So he was willing to be a Trump enabler, and let people continue to die so that Trump could continue the coverup that Woodward says happened. That's why this story is bullshit.

83 posted on 09/09/2020 11:27:53 AM PDT by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne)
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To: bitt

Seems to me that Trump avoided running around like a mad man, when he did not have all the facts.

As Bush 43used to say, “That doesn’t seem prudent.”

84 posted on 09/09/2020 11:29:34 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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And so-why did Trump let him inside with a tape recorder and go in the record saying these things?

The article says Trump actually called Redford Woodward. so he must have known he might be taped.

The more I think of it, the more I don't see this as a "Bombshell". He reassured the country while at the same time taking the threat seriously.

85 posted on 09/09/2020 11:29:44 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Does the left like anything about America?)
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To: All

The latest weekly distraction..

86 posted on 09/09/2020 11:29:47 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: God luvs America

I will remind people of that quote - Good find.

87 posted on 09/09/2020 11:30:00 AM PDT by Robert A Cook PE ( I can only donate monthly, but the radical ABCNNBCBS does it every hour on their news.)
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To: bitt

If Woodward was a real “journalist,” he would investigate Obama, like

His college entrance appliction, courses taken and grades,

His trip to Pakistan,

His so-called “birth certificate.” I don’t know where Obama was born, Hawaii, Kenya, ...

But I am pretty damn sure that birth certificate is a FORGERY.

88 posted on 09/09/2020 11:30:29 AM PDT by FroggyTheGremlim (I'll be good, I will, I will!)
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To: bitt

these MSM mf’ers are getting blatantly desperate, one has to be blind as bat not to see this.

89 posted on 09/09/2020 11:31:40 AM PDT by OldWhammerJammer
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To: bitt

Panty waste piece of sh*t. Suppose the pioneers were such little cry babies.

90 posted on 09/09/2020 11:31:45 AM PDT by jetson (chiwowa)
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To: Lod881019

It appears he’s only been with us since June, a newbie.

91 posted on 09/09/2020 11:34:04 AM PDT by lilypad
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To: hal ogen

So I am now Mitt or Jeb? Maybe I’m Jeff Flake? Any of the those guys veterans?

92 posted on 09/09/2020 11:36:59 AM PDT by guido911 (all)
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To: All

Sadly, this is just another one of those death by a thousand cuts-style attacks.

To most anyone with an iota of intelligence, Bob Woodward should be shunned for his lack of journalistic integrity, etc. But Woodward is still held in some level of esteem by those out there who will remembers him as the guy who “exposed” Nixon.

Is this killing blow to the campaign? No but it’s another one of those incidents where the White House will have to go on the defensive so as to stymie as much bad press as they can.

I’m certainly not saying that trump did but I really really hope he didn’t have any kind of phone conversation with a guy like bob Woodward. Nothing good can come from a call like that.

93 posted on 09/09/2020 11:37:53 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: OldWhammerJammer

And why the hell is HIDEN camp NOT being held accountable for this outrageous onslaught of crap coming out! It used to be that if the candidate got low and sleazy the people would immediately rebuke that candidate! It looks like they’re shielding dementia jo who is not even making one iota decision in this campaign! Trump needs to point that out more and more!!

94 posted on 09/09/2020 11:40:56 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: MplsSteve

It won’t make any difference - true or not. None of Trump’s supporters would believe Bob Bernstein if he said, “Good Morning!” None of the Trump haters will vote against Trump just because of this story.

As usual, Bernstein is woefully irrelevant and he is the only one who can’t see it. Even his “friends” in the Fake Media are laughing up their sleeves at this.

95 posted on 09/09/2020 11:41:07 AM PDT by mywholebodyisaweapon (Thank God for President Trump.)
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To: Mozzafiato

“So frustrating, there is no point in Trump speaking to Woodward. This just gives CNN/MSNBC etc 3 days worth of material and infiltrates the brains of the mushy middle who watch that tripe and are unable to decipher truth from fiction.”


96 posted on 09/09/2020 11:41:43 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: bitt

The Left prefer people who run in circles shrieking hysterically while foaming at the mouth.

97 posted on 09/09/2020 11:46:11 AM PDT by Bayan
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To: bitt

I think Trump should get down in the gutter with them. Quote Biden’s own words about his racial jungle and school segregation comments. It doesn’t resonate with postings on social media. If it comes out of Trump’s mouth at a rally it will get play. Talk about Kamala telling the rapist what a brave guy he is. Talk about the me too woman the media ignores. Put it front and center. Instead of playing defense he needs to go on offense and make it personal.

98 posted on 09/09/2020 11:47:33 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: isthisnickcool
You have to give the Marxists credit, they are always on the same page.

They are more than on the same page...they are coordinated. Biden had this in his speech today in Michigan.

There was no way Biden would know about this story unless someone told him days ago that it was coming.

99 posted on 09/09/2020 11:49:43 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party is communism)
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To: bitt
They are desperate to find a 'journalist' with credibility... no sale!
100 posted on 09/09/2020 11:53:09 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrap Party is the enemy of freedom.They use all the seductions and deceits of the Bolshevics)
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