Trump Hid Knowledge of Threat Posed by Virus, Recording Made in February Shows

By Kyodo News 10 September 2020

WASHINGTON—US President Donald Trump was aware in early February of how deadly and contagious the novel coronavirus is, but played down the threat in public, audio recordings of interviews for a new book obtained by US media showed Wednesday.

The revelations could be a blow to Trump ahead of the November presidential election as he already faces criticism for his handling of the pandemic, which has cost the lives of around 190,000 people in the United States and triggered a sharp economic downturn.

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