Trump denies lying to US about virus after bombshell book

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Thursday denied lying to Americans about the severity of the coronavirus after a bombshell new book by journalist Bob Woodward revealed that he deliberately downplayed the crisis.Trump’s taped admission to Woodward that he minimized the pandemic in public, while being aware from the start about the unique danger presented by Covid-19, has set off alarm bells less than eight weeks before election day.Asked at a hastily organized White House press conference “Why did you lie to the American people?” Trump responded: “I didn’t lie.” He told the excited crowd that his approach to Covid-19 matched that of the British government in World War II with its famous “Keep calm and carry on” morale-boosting posters.Apparently meaning Woodward, he referred in his speech to “this whack job that wrote the book.””Rage” is filled with startling episodes, including the assessment by Trump’s then director of national intelligence, the respected Dan Coats, that the president “doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.”But the segments in which Trump candidly discusses the coronavirus pandemic – responsible for killing almost 200,000 Americans – are getting the most attention.Despite openly describing to Woodward the dangerous characteristics of the then unknown virus, including the fact that it is transmitted by air, Trump said “I wanted to always play it down.”Trump went on to explain to Woodward that he wanted to avoid causing panic. However, his acknowledgement that he failed to tell the country the unvarnished truth prompted outrage.Critics quickly resurrected his multiple statements from the early stages of the pandemic in which he told the public that it was no worse than a regular flu and breezily predicted it would “disappear” in a short period.”He knew how deadly it was,” Biden said Wednesday.”He lied to the American people. He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.”Trump usually fights criticism by blaming what he calls “the fake news” and claiming that unnamed sources commonly used in White House reporting don’t exist.But shoot the messenger won’t work in the case of “Rage.” The revelations rely mostly on Trump himself and Woodward – famous for bringing down Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal – has published recordings.In one dig at Woodward on Thursday, Trump tweeted that if the legendary reporter thought that the quotes were “so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives?””Because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!” Trump argued.Topics : The Republican, who is down in the polls against Democrat Joe Biden and faces overwhelming disapproval from Americans on his handling of the coronavirus crisis, insisted that he’d softened the dangers in public so as to preserve calm.”I don’t want to jump up and down and start screaming ‘Death! Death!'” he argued.But Trump has been thrown onto the defense after multiple excerpts and recordings from Woodward’s book “Rage” were released on Wednesday.Following two Fox News interviews, dozens of tweets, and the press conference, Trump continued his bid to get his election message back on track by holding a rally with supporters in Freeland, Michigan.last_img read more

Cricket News Koffee with Karan fiasco: Case filed against Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Karan Johar in Jodhpur

first_imgNew Delhi: A case has been registered against cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, and Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar in Jodhpur for their ‘outrageous’ comments on the show Koffee With Karan 6 in December last year. The episode had instantly became the talk of the town after Pandya’s remarks over women drew the ire from social media users, terming it ‘misogynistic’ and ‘racist’. Recently, Karan Johar opened up about the on-going controversy in an interview with ET Now saying that the controversy has now gone into a zone where damage control isn’t possible.”I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many so many sleepless nights, wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is gonna listen to me. It’s now gone into a zone which is beyond my control.”“The questions I asked to the two boys are the questions I ask everyone including women. When Deepika and Alia were on the show, I have asked them the same. I have no control over the answers that come my way. I have a control room of 16 to 17 girls. The show Koffee With Karan is entirely run by woman, I’m the only man there. None of them came up. Some thought he was wild, he was crazy, he’s crack, he’s mad. They said he’s funny. No one came and told me it was inappropriate, maybe you should reflect on it.” Said Karan.The 46-year-old filmmaker rubbished the reports of doing it for the TRP’s. He said, “It’s not about my career, It’s theirs”.“Perhaps things crossed boundaries, I apologise since it was my platform. I suppose that the boys have paid the price for it already.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more