The newspaper recalled the then-president boasting on Feb. 26 final 12 months how there have been solely 15 circumstances of the coronavirus in the US and that these infections “inside a few days goes to be down to shut 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 “lethal.”
“You simply breathe the air and that’s the way it’s handed,” Trump informed Woodward on the time. “And in order that’s a really tough one. That’s a really delicate one. It’s additionally extra lethal than even your strenuous flus.”
Regardless of 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 medicine 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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