Bob Woodward stunned by what Trump told Young Son Baron about coronavirus
watergate journalist bob woodward On Monday, former President Donald Trump recalled a remark that left him “stunned as a reporter.”
In a “CNN Tonight” broadcast on Monday, Woodward shared audio of Trump describing what he told his youngest son, Baron Trump, during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The audio was part of a recorded interview for Woodward’s 2020 book “Rage”, which has now been released separately as “”.trump tape,
Speaking to Woodward on March 19, 2020, Trump said Barron, 13, asked what was going on and he replied: “I said, it came out of China, Barron. pure and simple. It originated from China. And it should have stopped. And to be honest with you, Baron, they should have pointed out that this was a problem two months ago… there wouldn’t be a problem in the world. We could have easily stopped it.”
“CNN Tonight” host Jake Tapper admitted that the Chinese government was to blame for covering up the initial spread of COVID-19. But he reminded the audience how Trump himself was has been warned of its potential dangers and chose not to do anything.
At the time of that particular interview with Trump, Woodward said he had no idea about the warnings the then-president had received about the virus from his own national security advisers.
When Woodward learned of the warning, he said that he re-heared the tape and concluded: “My God, Trump is cheating on not only me but his son and he’s saying, ‘Oh, this could have been fixed, the Chinese could have done something about it.'” “
“Donald Trump could have done something about it by being honest and warning the public that he has a constitutional and moral responsibility as president,” Woodward continued.
Watch the interview here:
This article originally appeared on huffpost and has been updated.
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