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Tags: bob woodward | election meddling | hit job | lie | pandemic | covid-19

Trump: 'I Didn't Lie,' Questioning Why I Did Is 'Disgraceful'

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By    |   Thursday, 10 September 2020 04:50 PM EDT

President Donald Trump doubled down on his defense he downplayed the coronavirus' severity in order to keep Americans calm during a Thursday press briefing at the White House.

Trump touted the downward trend of coronavirus cases in the country and the level of testing taking place before the briefing became heated during a question and answer period.

When asked by reporters about interviews he had with journalist Bob Woodward for his forthcoming book where he mentioned purposely downplaying the threat of the virus, the president insisted he acted in a way to avoid panic.

"I didn't lie," Trump said when asked about keeping Americans in the dark about the threat of the virus. "What I said, was we have to be calm. We can't be panicked."

He ripped the ABC News reporter who asked the question about why he "lied" to Americans calling it "disgraceful." Trump called the question and the way it was phrased "terrible."

"The way you phrased that is such a disgrace," Trump quipped back to ABC News correspondent Jon Karl. "It's a disgrace to ABC Television Network. It's a disgrace to your employer."

In his coronavirus response, Trump said he wanted to "show a level of confidence" and "strength as a leader." He then shifted blame for the entire coronavirus pandemic onto China.

"This is China's fault," he said. "Nobody's fault but China."

He said if Woodward thought his comments were so bad, "he would have reported it" sooner.

"He didn't report it because he didn't think it was bad," Trump said of Woodward's decision to keep the interview under wraps for several months. "Nobody thought it was bad."

Trump said he knew the virus posed a serious problem, which is why he implemented a ban on travel to China early on.

"I put the ban on China," he said. "So obviously, outwardly, I said it's a very serious problem. It's always a serious problem. That doesn't mean I'm going to jump up and down in the air and say people are going to die."

He said instead of "jumping up and down" and screaming death, he chose to lead the country.

"The fact is, there has to be a calmness," he said.

Trump said he is hopeful the U.S. is "beyond" its spike in coronavirus cases as he pushed for a return to normalcy. He noted weekly cases have "declined by 44% since July."

He said the progress made would not have been the same under Joe Biden's leadership. He called out the former vice president's handling of the swine flu and said more Americans would have died if he were in charge of the coronavirus response.

Trump did not address reports he might issue executive actions to provide more coronavirus aid after the Senate failed to pass any type of relief measure. 

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President Donald Trump doubled down on his defense that he downplayed the coronavirus' severity in order to keep Americans calm during a Thursday press briefing at the White House.
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