Washington, September 11
Donald Trump “deliberately misled” Americans on coronavirus, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris has mentioned, referring to the US President’s feedback on the problem revealed in a forthcoming e book authored by a famend investigative journalist.
Penned by American journalist Bob Woodward, the e book “Rage” to be launched on September 15 has stirred a number of controversies round Trump’s presidency, weeks earlier than the US election to be held on November 3.
Woodward within the e book claimed that Trump throughout a number of interviews to him mentioned he downplayed the coronavirus risk.
The United States has up to now reported 6,397,227 coronavirus circumstances and 191,789 fatalities —each the numbers highest on the earth.
“I wanted to, I wanted to always play it (coronavirus threat) down,” Trump was purportedly heard telling Woodward in an audio clip launched by The Washington Post.
“I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump informed the veteran journalist in March.
According to the e book, Trump in July informed the creator: “Don’t worry about it (coronavirus), Bob. OK? Don’t worry about it. We’ll get to do another book. You’ll find I was right.”
Reacting to Trump’s feedback, Indian-American Senator Harris on Thursday mentioned: “He deliberately misled the American people, because he thought it would look bad for him. These are real people, people with families, with plans, with dreams that have been taken from them in many cases, and, you know, obviously Donald Trump didn’t cause COVID-19 but he has failed in his most basic duty, which is the duty of a leader, especially in a moment of crisis to not only protect, but to tell the truth. This is just basically unforgivable for a President. And the reality is Americans are not going to stand for it.”
In one other interview on February 7, the audio clip of which was posted by ‘The Washington Post’, Trump informed Woodward that the coronavirus was deadlier than the flu and may very well be transmitted by way of the air.
“That’s always tougher than the touch. You don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breath the air and that’s how it’s passed. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu,” Trump was heard saying within the audio clip.
According to the e book, Trump informed Woodward that he would overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial calamity.
In one other fundraiser on Thursday, Harris mentioned Trump knew the details concerning the lethal virus however nonetheless downplayed the risk publicly.
“It’s time for him to go but this recent revelation is just more of the same, which tells us, Donald Trump has put himself ahead of the interests of the American people. And he has done it continuously.”
Earlier at an occasion in Florida, Harris mentioned the President and the Vice President had been knowledgeable concerning the imminence and the risks of COVID-19 on January 28.
“On February 7, the President said COVID was deadly stuff, that it is airborne. This is the same man who for days, weeks, if not months, thereafter calls it a hoax, dismissed the seriousness of it to the point that he suggested people should not wear masks. He knew it was airborne, that people would breathe it,” Harris mentioned.
She mentioned Trump is engaged “in reckless disregard of the lives and health and wellbeing” of the American folks. “I find it so outrageous,” she mentioned.
“There are so many reasons why Joe Biden needs to be elected President of the United States. And if those reasons did not make it clear why, this certainly does,” Harris mentioned. PTI