The last week has been filled with headlines about how President Donald Trump apparently spent the months of 2020 “saying the quiet part out loud” to legendary journalist Bob Woodward. Among the revelations in Woodward’s new book, “Rage” has been how Trump “played down” the virus and the dangers of it.
Let us all get in the “wayback machine” and look at what Trump spoke of the coronavirus both publically and privately.
Until it was too late, Trump was praising China for its great work to contain the virus and their transparency.
Here are some quotes by the POTUS on China’s handling of the virus:
Jan. 24, Twitter:
“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”
Feb. 7, Remarks at North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, N.C.:
“I just spoke to President Xi last night, and, you know, we’re working on the — the problem, the virus. It’s a — it’s a very tough situation. But I think he’s going to handle it. I think he’s handled it really well. We’re helping wherever we can.”
Feb. 7, Twitter:
“Just had a long and very good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus. He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days … Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!