Trump admitted on tape to Bob Woodward that he played down the threat of coronavirus. Now here come the lies.
Trump says COVID-19 has been presidency’s biggest challenge, but nothing more could have been done.
“Could you have done more to stop it?” Stephanopoulos asked Trump for the last question of the town hall.
“I don’t think so,” the president responded.
Trump has held the highest office as over 195,000 Americans have died from coronavirus. Under his leadership, the U.S. has seen more deaths from the virus than any other country in the world.
And while he acknowledged that coronavirus has been the biggest challenge of his presidency — before it, “things were going so well,” he told the audience — Trump projected confidence about the decisions he’s made so far.
During the town hall, the president disputed that he had downplayed the virus. But, following his denial, he continued to do just that. “We’re going to be okay and it is going away,” even “without the vaccine,” he told the audience. Medical experts, meanwhile, say there is no evidence that the virus will go away without a vaccine.
“Sure, over a period of time. Sure with time it goes away,” Trump said. Each day, cases continue to rise at a rate that Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said puts the U.S. in a concerning position heading into fall.