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Trump knew the coronavirus was ‘deadly stuff’ but wanted to ‘play it down,’ according to Woodward book


President Trump warned respected journalist Bob Woodward early in the pandemic that the novel coronavirus was “deadly stuff,” even as he minimized the health threat publicly by telling Americans that COVID-19 was “under control” and “going to disappear.”

The contradictory accounts are spelled out in Woodward’s new book “Rage,” which includes interviews that Woodward recorded with the president from Dec. 5, 2019, to July 21, 2020. CNN and the Washington Post (where Woodward famously broke and reported on the Watergate scandal with fellow journalist Carl Bernstein) were given advance copies of the book, and published the eyebrow-raising accounts on…


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