The hits keep coming Rage author Bob Woodward, who premiered a new exclusive audio recording of President Donald Trump, who admitted behind closed doors how dangerous he knew the coronavirus long before taking it seriously in public.
“Bob, it’s so easy to surrender, you wouldn’t even believe it,” Trump can be heard on the tape Woodward recorded on April 13, 2020, and shared with Stephen Colbert about Monday night’s episode. The late show. The president goes on to tell what he apparently thought was a hilarious story about being in the Oval Office with a group of advisers when one of them sneezed.
“People sneezed innocently,”
“He makes a light there at the end, but at the core of it is something extraordinarily shocking,” Colbert said after listening to the video.
“Yes,” Woodward replied, reminding viewers that Trump was still “downplaying the virus” at the moment, as he had admitted to reporters a few weeks earlier. Referring to the president’s most private rally in Nevada on Sunday night, he added: “God knows how many people there, all gathered together, wonder if anyone has sneezed from the front row if Trump will save again and get out of the way. . ”
“Anyway, this is a very serious matter, as you know,” Woodward continued. With more than 190,000 Americans killed by the virus, he said, “my reports show that he knew back in January,” how dangerous it really is.
On the same day that Woodward made the tape in question, Trump threatened to “repeal” measures taken by governors to protect their residents from the virus.
“When someone is president of the United States, authority is complete, and that will be the way,” Trump told reporters. “It’s common. It’s total. And the governors know that. “Four days later, he posted on Twitter demands for the LIBERATION of various Democratic-led states that had seen armed protests against the coronavirus blockade.
“I once asked him, ‘What is the president’s job?’ “Woodward told Colbert of Trump. “And he said the job is to protect people. I agree. I think most people in this country would do that. And he failed to protect the people. He couldn’t find a way to tell the truth. ”