- “I didn’t lie. What I said is we have to be calm, we can’t be panicked.”
- Trump compared his decision to take the pandemic lightly to Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s leadership during World War II.
- Woodward’s book also addresses Trump’s performance in international politics and reveals letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
US president Donald Trump on Thursday tried to absolve himself from blame, owing to the accusations being aimed at him after the release of an explosive book about him by popular journalist, Bob Woodward. Trump was asked why he lied to the American populace about the seriousness of COVID-19.
“Such a terrible question and phraseology,” Trump retorted. “I didn’t lie. What I said is we have to be calm, we can’t be panicked.” Trump, who later on addressed a rally in Michigan, compared his decision to take the pandemic lightly to Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s leadership during World War II.
In contrast, however, is the fact that Churchill was brutally honest about the challenges that the Nazis posed to the British people. However, in the case of Trump, he personally admitted to the book’s author, journalist Woodward, that he was in no way honest with Americans in regard to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, ‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ We’re doing very well. As the British government advised the British people in the face of World War II, ‘keep calm and carry on.’ That’s what I did,” Trump said.
He later added, “when Hitler was bombing London, Churchill, a great leader, would oftentimes go to a roof in London and speak. And he always spoke with calmness. He said we have to show calmness. No, we did it the right way. We’ve done a job like nobody.”
Trump gave Woodward 18 interviews between December 2019 and July 2020, over the phone and in person. On February 7, he explained to the journalist how the new coronavirus was “a deadly thing.”
Trump has been severely criticized for managing the epidemic, from his opponents, from scientists, and even some members of his own party. The coronavirus has killed more than 190,000 people in the United States.
He is accused of having sent mixed and mixed signals, but also of failing to sympathize with the devastation caused by COVID-19.
Trump, Kim “Friendship”
Woodward’s book also addresses Trump’s performance in international politics and reveals letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. There are 25 letters between the two leaders, in which Kim uses exaggerated words to flatter Trump, such as referring to his counterpart as “His Excellency.”
“Even now I cannot forget that moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency’s hand at the beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honor of that day,” Kim wrote to Trump on Christmas Day, 2018, following their first meeting in Singapore.
In a relationship that began with insults and threats of war, Trump also praises the North Korean leader, calling his exchange with Kim a “special friendship.” Trump wrote, “only you and I, working together, can resolve the issues between our two countries and end nearly 70 years of hostility.” He added, “it will be historic!”