Woodward Addresses Criticism That He Should've Detailed Trump Interviews Earlier

Bob Woodward Will Talk Trump's

Bob Woodward Will Talk Trump's "Failed" COVID Response on 60 Minutes Tonight

In the recordings, Trump can be heard telling Woodward in February and March about the dangers of the coronavirus, a stark contrast to what the president said publicly.

"The easy ones are the ones I maybe don't like as much or don't get along with as much", Trump says.

Woodward reports in his new book Rage that President Trump told him he deliberately downplayed the threat of COVID-19 even though he was aware it was deadly, and speaking to Today on Monday, Woodward expressed his shock that Trump learned details about how "this is a coming pandemic to the United States" in January but did not tell Americans "the truth" during the State of the Union days later.

Viewers will hear the president in his own voice in audio recordings, and Woodward will discuss the unprecedented nine hours of interviews he was allowed with President Trump. The president and others have pondered why the veteran journalist didn't report his comments about the novel coronavirus sooner if he thought they were "so bad or unsafe", while claiming he was trying to keep Americans "calm".

Trump retweeted a tweet on Monday that said that Woodward "deserved to be ridiculed". "And Trump thought, 'Oh, well, they'll panic'". Didn't he have an obligation to do so?

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Trump specifically brings up his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who "everyone" describes as a 'horrible guy, ' the president tells Woodward. "It's amusing, the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them, you ought to explain that to me some day, but maybe it's not a bad thing". This is five per-you know, this is five percent versus one percent and less than one percent. "Publishing something at that point would not have been telling people anything they didn't know". And it may get worse for Trump on Sunday night as Woodward is set to sit down with 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley.

Woodward paraphrased Trump's response: "Well, I didn't get you on this book".

"The President of the United States has a duty to warn", Woodward said. "Does he remember what he told me back in February about it's more deadly than the flu?"

Woodward's new book on Trump, "Rage", is due to be released on Tuesday. "The easy ones are the ones I maybe don't like as much or don't get along with as much", the president continued. "Historians are going to be writing about the whole lost month of February for tens of years", Woodward said.

Woodward, who concludes his book by saying that Trump is the 'wrong man for the job, ' explained to NBC's Savannah Guthrie on Monday why the president's comments on world leaders are troubling.

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