In April, Trump Gushed To Woodward That COVID-19 Is So “Easily Transmissible”

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“And Bob, it’s so easily transmissible, you wouldn’t believe it," President Trump said in April.

Reporter Bob Woodward has released another portion of his interviews with President Donald Trump, this time sharing a snippet of the president saying in April that he knew the coronavirus was highly contagious.

Mediaite reports:

The audio starts with President Trump admitting to Woodward, “And Bob, it’s so easily transmissible, you wouldn’t believe it,” to which the author replied, “I know.” Trump then proceeded to tell a story about an Oval Office meeting with ten people in which someone “innocently” sneezed. According to the commander-in-chief, “the entire room bailed out, including me.”

After the clip airs, Woodward laughs at the bizarre nature of the innocent sneeze story. Colbert’s reaction, however, is more telling, saying, “I know he’s making light there, again, at the end, but at the heart of that is something extraordinarily shocking.” In mid-April, President Trump was continuing to push to reopen the US economy despite his explicit knowledge of the potentially deadly levels of contagiousness.

Watch: (Trump recording begins at 7:35 mark)


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