DONALD TRUMP has claimed it was ‘good and proper’ of him to deliberately downplay the threat of coronavirus at the start of the pandemic.
The US president defended his actions after it was revealed he told veteran reporter Bob Woodward (pictured, top right) in March that he kept quiet about how dangerous the disease was because he didn’t want ‘to create a panic’ among the American public.
On the recordings he is heard telling the Washington Post reporter: ‘I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down.’
The revelations have prompted outrage in the US, including from his ex-director of communications Anthony Scaramucci, who branded the president a madman who had made America ‘poorer, weaker and sicker’. He told Sky News: ‘I know he’s a lunatic, I don’t have to think he’s a lunatic — just look at it objectively, yeah of course he’s a lunatic.’
However, Mr Trump fired back at the storm of criticism yesterday, tweeting: ‘Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives?
‘Didn’t he have an obligation to do so?
‘No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!’