The newspaper recalled that the then president was boasting on February 26 last year that there were only 15 cases of the coronavirus in the United States and that these infections “in a few days, will be reduced to almost zero”.
“So Far From Zero”, the tabloid headlined its front page:
Trump’s claim, however, contradicted his own admission in a February 7, 2020 phone call with reporter Bob Woodward that the virus was “deadly.”
“You just have to breathe the air and that’s how it went,” Trump told Woodward at the time. “And so this is a very delicate question. This is a very delicate question. It’s also more deadly than even your tiring flu.
Despite his private thanks, Trump in public would later repeatedly downplay the threat posed by the virus, mock people who wore masks to stem its spread, touted unproven drugs and even would consider injecting disinfectant as a treatment. at a press conference – before contracting COVID -19 himself and being hospitalized for three days.
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