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Trump Admits It: He Downplayed the Coronavirus – Daily Beast

President Donald Trump admitted to the American public Wednesday that he had indeed downplayed the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, conceding that he didn’t “want people to be frightened.” 

“I don’t want to create panic as you say, and certainly I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy,” Trump told a reporter after giving remarks on possible Supreme Court appointments when asked if he did so “to reduce panic.” 

Trump’s comments came just hours after CNN published excerpts and audio from Rage, famed journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, that showed the president admitting to Woodward that he understated the dire impact of the coronavirus despite knowing how deadly the virus could be. 

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward in the audio  of a March 19 interview obtained and published by CNN. “I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.” 

The stunning on-the-record words to Woodward, which came less than a week after Trump found himself embroiled in controversy over a report in The Atlantic about disturbing comments he reportedly made about members of the nation’s armed forces that had been killed, further threw the president’s much criticized response to the pandemic into turmoil.

As of Wednesday afternoon, roughly 190,000 people in the United States had been killed by the coronavirus according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Trump also declared, “I think we’ve done from every standpoint an incredible job.” 

When asked by one reporter how he could convince the public that he could be trusted, Trump said, “We have to have leadership.” 

“We have to show leadership and the last thing that you want to do is create a panic in the country,” Trump said. “This was a horrible thing. It was sent to us by China. Should not have happened. Should never have happened. This is a disgusting, terrible situation that was foisted upon us. We have to show, we just don’t want to use, the best word is panic, we don’t want to have to show panic. We’re not going to show panic. And that’s exactly what I did.” 

Trump also defended himself by saying he had been “very open whether it’s to Woodward or anybody else.” 

“It’s just another political hit job,” Woodward said. “But whether it was Woodward or anybody else, you cannot show a sense of panic or you’re going to have bigger problems than you ever had before.” 

Despite making those comments to Woodward just days after the country shifted into shutdown mode in an effort to halt the aggressive spread of the virus, Trump continued to move forward publicly with far less concern when it came to the strictness of coronavirus policies and he has continued to emphasize a far more optimistic view of his administration’s success at controlling the virus, even as the nation’s death toll has continued to climb. 

And even as the pandemic has raged on, Trump has continued to call on states to loosen their coronavirus policies as Republican vitriol towards public health measures has become a consistent theme in America during the public health crisis. 

In a Feb. 7 interview with Woodward, audio obtained by CNN showed that Trump was aware of how aggressively the virus could spread  (“it goes through air, Bob… you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,”) and made clear to his interviewer that COVID-19 was “more deadly than even your strenuous flus.” 

The flu comment was particularly striking given how Trump used a Fox News town hall on March 24 to frequently compare COVID-19 to the flu in an apparent effort at downplaying the situation. In that same conversation he also pushed for the country to be “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” even as the virus was beginning to wreak havoc in the United States.

The Washington Post also reported on key criticism of Trump in Woodward’s book that came from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has often been Trump’s foil during the pandemic. 

“His attention span is like a minus number,” Woodward quoted Fauci as saying according to The Washington Post. “His sole purpose is to get reelected.”

— With additional reporting from Justin Baragona

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Trump admits he is undermining USPS to make it harder to vote by mail – The Guardian

Donald Trump admitted on Thursday he opposed additional funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in order to make it more difficult to deliver mail-in ballots.
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Labour Admits It Smeared Jewish Whistleblowers Under Jeremy Corbyn – The Daily Beast

The British Labour Party has admitted it defamed Jewish whistleblowers who spoke to the BBC Panorama program about anti-Semitism in the party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

The program featured a number of Jewish whistleblowers who condemned the party’s practices on anti-Semitic complaints under the direction of Corbyn, claiming that several high ranking officers in the party interfered with investigations into alleged perpetrators who were members of the party.

Labour responded at the time by accusing those who participated in the program of just being “disaffected former staff” who harbored “personal and political axes to grind” and made malicious and false claims in order to damage the party.

Seven of the whistleblowers and the Panorama program presenter John Ware then sued Labour for defamation. In Ware’s suit, he claims that Labour defamed him when they accused him and his team of “deliberate and malicious representations designed to mislead the public.”

Labour’s 28-page complaint to the BBC complained that the program contained “the tendentious and politically slanted script; the bias in the selection of interviewees; and the failure to identify the political affiliations or records of interviewees in a highly controversial, sensitive and contested subject produced a programme that was a one-sided authored polemic.”

Allegations of anti-Jewish racism dogged the Labour Party under Corbyn, although he always denied it. One Jewish lawmaker quit the party over his failings, he was linked to anti-Semitic speakers and Facebook posts, and he was widely condemned for failing to drive anti-Semitic members out of the party.

    On the day that Keir Starmer was elected to replace him, the new Labour leader announced that convincing the Jewish community that the party had changed was his top priority. He said he would root out anti-Semitism in the party. The latest step in that process was to retract their incendiary complaint made to the BBC, and admit they had defamed and mistreated the whistleblowers.

    “We acknowledge the many years of dedicated and committed service that the Whistleblowers have given to the Labour Party as members and as staff,” the statement, issued Wednesday, reads. “We unreservedly withdraw all allegations of bad faith, malice and lying. We would like to apologise unreservedly for the distress, embarrassment and hurt caused by their publication. We have agreed to pay them damages.”

    The statement goes on to admit that anti-Semitism within Labour has “been a stain” on the party in recent years. “It has caused unacceptable and unimaginable levels of grief and distress for many in the Jewish community, as well as members of staff.”

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    McConnell admits he was wrong to say Obama administration failed to leave pandemic playbook – CNN

    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded Thursday night that he was wrong to claim that the Obama administration had not left behind a plan to deal with a pandemic in the US.

    “I was wrong. They did leave behind a plan, so I clearly made a mistake in that regard,” McConnell said during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier.
    The concession comes days after he falsely accused the Obama administration of failing to leave the Trump administration “any kind of game plan” for something like the coronavirus pandemic during a Trump campaign online chat with Lara Trump, the President’s daughter-in-law.
    “They claim pandemics only happen once every hundred years but what if that’s no longer true? We want to be early, ready for the next one, because clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like this,” McConnell had said Monday.
    In reality, former President Barrack Obama’s White House National Security Council left the Trump administration a detailed document on how to respond to a pandemic.
    The document, whose existence was publicly revealed by Politico in March, is called the Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.
    The playbook contains step-by-step advice on questions to ask, decisions to make and which federal agencies are responsible for what. It includes sample documents that officials could use for inter-agency meetings. And it explicitly lists novel coronaviruses as one of the kinds of pathogens that could require a major response.
    Additionally, outgoing senior Obama officials also led an in-person pandemic response exercise for senior incoming Trump officials in January 2017 — as required by a new law on improving presidential transitions that Obama signed in 2016.
    Last week, Obama described the Trump administration’s coronavirus response as “an absolute chaotic disaster” during a private call with people who worked for him in the White House.
    Still, McConnell added Thursday that “as to whether or not the plan was followed and who’s the critic and all the rest, I don’t have any observation about that because I don’t know enough about the details of that to comment on it in any detail.”

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