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September 12, 2020

Dems are desperate. President Trump on Thursday defended his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic amid the forthcoming Bob Woodward book and said he didn’t lie when he downplayed its risk earlier this year. Trump also told reporters he believes the US has now “rounded the final turn” — unless Democratic candidate Joe Biden beats him on Nov. 3 and imposes “a very unscientific blanket lockdown.” Trump fended off a reporter’s statement at a White House press briefing that he lied to the public about the virus while admitting to Woodward that the virus was “deadly.”

     “The way you asked that question is very disgraceful,” Trump said. “There was no lie here. What we’re doing is we’re leading, and we’re leading in a proper way… You don’t want me jumping up and down screaming, ‘There’s going to be great death!’ “I don’t want to jump up and down and start screaming, ‘Death! Death!'” Trump said. “It’s always a serious problem. That doesn’t mean I’m going to jump up and down in the air and start saying, ‘People are going to die! People are going to die!’ No, No, I’m not gonna do that. We’re gonna get through this.”

     Trump told Woodward in February that the virus was “more deadly than… even your strenuous flus.” In March, he told the author, “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down. Because I don’t want to create a panic.” Trump said the US management of the pandemic has been successful. “We’re rounding the final turn, and a lot of good things are happening with vaccines and with therapeutics,” Trump said.

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