Bob Woodward’s Donald Trump Book Talks COVID-19

Bob Woodward, Donald Trump, and the COVID-19 Pandemic. What happened?


Author and journalist Bob Woodward, who has been writing a book about the Trump presidency, released excerpts yesterday from an interview in which Donald Trump called coronavirus “deadly” and said that he wanted to “play it down” to prevent panic.

  • Publicly, Donald Trump compared the virus to the common flu and publicly stated that the United States would have “close to zero” cases.
  • Bob Woodward has written previous tell-alls on several Washington big wigs including Presidents Obama and Nixon.


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  • Calls Trump a hypocrite for not publicly acknowledging the danger of the disease, calling the move a dereliction of duty.
  • Criticizes Bob Woodward for not releasing the information sooner.
  • Reminds readers that Trump’s entire platform is fear, and says that those defending him are at odds with reality.



  • Highlights the personalities coming to the defense of the president.
  • Encourages readers to listen to and consider Trump’s side of the story.
  • Generally gives Trump the benefit of the doubt, implying that if the president spoke to Mr. Woodward he must have had a good reason.


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