November 30, 2023

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Bob Woodward on Trump’s pandemic response: ‘In covering nine presidents, I saw nothing like this’

Bob Woodward on Trump's pandemic response: 'In covering nine presidents, I saw nothing like this'
“Two million Americans are dying, I think in covering nine presidents, I have never seen anything like it,” Woodward Warner told Media News and Sports chairman Jeff Zucker. Citizen by CNN 2020 Conference.

“The medical nightmare visit on the American population was wonderful, wonderful. It’s in his head, and he did not do enough. He did not do that,” Woodward said.

Weeks before the death of the US coronavirus, which was first confirmed in the United States, Trump admitted that he knew the virus was dangerous, airborne and highly contagious, but repeatedly played it out in public, Woodward said in his new book, “Anger.” The presidential entries, recorded on tape, were in stark contrast to his public remarks at the time that the virus would “disappear”.

Woodward said that Trump failed to build a team around him, that he was “harassing people” and “attacking people who work for him.”

“I have never seen this motivational decision-making in the presidency or in any other organization, it’s this one-man band and he’s going to do exactly what he wants to do and what he wants, often without giving any warning to his closest aides,” Woodward said.

Woodward disagreed with Trump, who resigned after the Watergate political scandal in the 1970s, and former President Richard Nixon. The Washington Post, Carl Bernstein and Woodward published an article in October 1972, in which the FBI attributed Nixon’s aiding and abetting the collapse of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Complex, Washington DC.

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“Nixon was a criminal president who was ousted by the Republican Party. His people say no one died at Watergate. There is some truth in this. Two million people died during this time, and Trump, by being honest with the American people, I – him – Didn’t understand right now, didn’t understand the people he was leading, ”Woodward said.

When asked to compare Nixon’s audio tapes during Watergate and Trump, Woodward responded: “As The New York Times reporter put it, in the case of Trump, Nixon packed all his secret tape recordings showing his criminality and fed them to me.”

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