The newspaper recalled the then-president boasting on Feb. 26 final yr how there have been solely 15 circumstances of the coronavirus within the United States and that these infections “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
“So Far From Zero,” the tabloid headlined its entrance web page:
Trump’s declare, nevertheless, contradicted his personal admission in a Feb. 7, 2020, phone name with journalist Bob Woodward that the virus was “deadly.”
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump informed Woodward on the time. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”
Despite his non-public acknowledgments, Trump in public would later repeatedly downplay the menace posed by the virus, mock individuals who wore masks to curb its unfold, tout unproven medication and even ponder the injection of disinfectant as a remedy throughout a press convention ― earlier than contracting COVID-19 himself and being hospitalized for 3 days.
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