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According to audio excerpts from a number of interviews by journalist Bob Woodward, US President Donald Trump was conscious of the severity of the coronavirus as early as February however performed it down to attenuate the danger to the public. In February, Trump advised the famend reporter, who helped uncover the Watergate scandal that toppled Richard Nixon in 1974: “You simply breathe the air and that is how…..(read more)

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  1. toady

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    The only real surprise is that many people are surprised by Trump's actions (or inactions). Here's the thing: Republicans / Conservatives resoundingly denounce and condemn Darwin's Theory of Evolution on the one hand — while wholly embracing Social Darwinism on the other (the vast majority of covid-19 fatalities have been among the old, sick and poor).

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  2. Michael Wang

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Wasn't it the CHO or WHO that downplay it by mimicking what Beijing wanted it to say during the first 2 or so months but while it's entertaining to see how America politicians are fighting/blaming each other instead of the root during election season… Somehow this interview by DW is biased with obvious signs such as adding the word "deliberate" to the title.

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  3. EGD

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    What information did Mr Trump with hold? Get you facts straight before lying on tv. your a sell out news satiation. Start telling the truth and stop been puppets!

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  4. The Quantum Alchemist

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Dear readers I recommend to look up the term Operation Earnest Voice or just OEV in short. OEV is the name for an US operation with the aim of paid bots using something known as sockpuppet accounts to spread U S fakenews and propa ganda on social media. I wished I could share direct links to it but that is impossible thanks to censorship made in the USA.

    And this this Orwellian censorship is becoming worse and worse too as it is now even impossible for me to even copy and paste some basics or just the wiki articles introduction to OEV at all! Even that is impossible now too! Wasn´t so yesterday (13th September 2020) by the way! As soon as I try to share any such mentioned details my comments are made invisible for other readers. Y ou can try that y ourself too dear readers and see just how bad U S censorship really is. And what´s worse: The censorship in the US is hidden too. Unless y ou log out or switch to a different account and check y ou have no way to tell y our comment was made invisible in the first place! And even this comment I wrote had to be edited multiple times to avoid the Orwellian censorship by the US!

    Also please look up Operation Mockingbird too. Another US operation with the goal to control and manipulate media on a global scale! As of such many newsmedia and many so called "commentators" on social media are actualy paid bots by the US, using a sockpuppet software that lets them operate up to 10 "realistic looking accounts" at the same time, including realistic looking IPs etc. All mentioned in the said article that I can´t even share thanks to the Orwellian censorship by the US!

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  5. WA S

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Depends on whether people believe him when he says if he loses he will institute martial law.

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  6. Yasin Arafath Danny

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    No matter who say what. Trump is going to be reelected

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  7. Alexander L

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Trump/Civil War 2020 ❤️

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  8. Bartholomew Macaluso

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    We have gone so far down the rabbit hole of trading our values away that we have inculcated it our western societies. Its most pronounced in the American left and American multinationals, European Governments namely Germany acting in coordination with its Multinationals (Nord Stream2 is another back stab by the Germans) all in the name of Globalization and the FICTION they tried to sell us that China will be persuaded to democratize as a result. Only these parties have held on to the fiction even as the world began to shake in the rise of what the Left called right wing movements with President Trump best epitomizing the rejection in fighting back against the phony promise of Globalization which almost amounted to EU and Chinafication.

    The primary problem with seeing the truth of this issue is the disassociation the EU has with the Spirit behind LAW and its persistent failure to use the instruments of international law accordingly. Worst still is how previous prime ministers of the UK and the American Left add credibility to such a failure to recognize the need for the spirit of the law to be implemented, throw their weight behind such an ominous turn on the future of Democracy in the world. I fear for us all if we do not stand up and confront the corruption of international institutions and recognize the EUs out sized influence in them.

    I would argue, the extent to which the rise of the right actually knows what it is rejecting has not yet dawned upon them but so far Trump has landed some great blows. What is needed is someone who can constellate a coherent idea for how to address what is coalescing to be the new threat of the post cold war era.

    Query– How can we demonstrate the problem in the USA we call "Systemic Racism" as sharing the same characteristics of the EUs use of international Law ? By a simple terminology of course. Because "Systemic Racism" and the chronic corruption of the use of any lawful system can only be considered as one in the same kind of creature, Corruption.

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  9. Uwa Diercks

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Maybe people would have taken the virus more seriously and take steps in spreading by doing what he did more people died
    You just lied

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  10. kush astea

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Trump: China lied people died!
    Also Trump: but it was me, Dio!

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  11. Jack O'lantern

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Anti-Lockdown protests,Anti-Mask protests,Pro-BLM protesters,Pro-Police protests…etc across the country
    Americans: Why do we have so many cases and deaths???

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  12. John Gamble

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    The public just want the truth

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  13. 自由燈塔

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Gods have reached the earth. They are high-intelligence life forms in the non-material world. They are by our side and observing us now. They created the material world and created us in their appearance in the material world. They have given us a lot. We just don’t know it. God has given us the ability to distinguish between good and evil in the material world. We are highly intelligent beings in the material world. We have the mission of managing the material world instead of God.

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  14. lealea lea

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    coronavirus slowly but sure kill we all.. just waiting our time.. but also good this covid19 broken so we know if someone create some virus 👈👈this positive thing we can got… but the negative things is we All got suffer/dead/millon ppl lost their job.. and no one know when this virus end…. virus end or human end…

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  15. DJ Pomare

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    USA vs China Covid Deaths

    USA = 197,421+ China = 4,634

    USA is around the same size as China in size.

    USA has 43 times as many Covid deaths than China.

    USA vs Canada Covid Deaths

    USA = 197,421+ Canada = 9,163

    USA is around the same size as Canada in size.

    USA has 22 times as many Covid deaths than Canada.

    USA vs Mexico Covid Deaths

    USA = 197,421+ Mexico = 70,183

    USA is 5 times larger than Mexico in size.

    USA has 2.8 times as many Covid deaths than Mexico.

    USA vs Russia Covid Deaths

    USA = 197,421+ Russia = 18,365

    USA is 1.7 times smaller than Russia in size.

    USA has 11 times as many Covid deaths than Russia.

    USA vs Hong Kong Covid Deaths

    USA = 197,421+ Hong Kong = 99

    USA is 8,875 times larger than Hong Kong in size.

    USA has 1,994 times as many Covid deaths than Hong Kong.

    USA vs New Zealand Covid Deaths

    USA = 197,421+ NZ = 24

    USA is 37 times larger than New Zealand in size.

    USA has 8,226 times as many Covid deaths than New Zealand.

    USA vs Taiwan Covid Deaths

    USA = 197,421+ Taiwan = 7

    USA is 273 times larger than Taiwan in size.

    USA has 28,203 times as many Covid deaths than Taiwan.

    Tomorrow?

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  16. Alan Kennedy

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    He and the government is unworthy to lead this country.they should be stripped and led through the streets on chains.
    The should be accountable for their actions for not keeping oaths of office.

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  17. Askar Niko02

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Mr frank j grass hold family n angela markel already teach donald trump all n he buy all mafia weapons all from mr frank j grass n he use n training one night for 3 . 4 . 5 item in his campain until november 13 for he win in american president . all

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  18. Marissa Dower-morgan

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    The question is why did Bob Woodward wait so long to disclose this?

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  19. Chuck Peck

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Confidence man = con man. The greatest con of all time. A great con can kill hundreds of thousands and even millions. Trump is Putin's Trojan horse into the western world.

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  20. jim

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Media liberal trash has been after trump after his win. Best thing that ever happened to the country. Liberals hate leaders with strength and direction. They can't push him around like they did with Obama. More liberal news = more liberal lies.

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  21. Biker's for the west M.C.

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Adam Schiff and his "the sky is falling" Chicken Little socialist Democrat minstrels, trying to use the Chinese Communist virus as a political tool. Maga 2020!

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  22. HALFman Halfspirit

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    180,000 died WITH the virus, NOT FROM the virus. About 10,000 have died FROM the virus.
    He never said not to wear a mask.

    Is this news? Lots of bad facts!

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  23. Nicl'sTwoCents

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    It's just so good. I hereby present a couple of video names to prove that President Trump was imposing strict measures to combat the Coronavirus and protect American citizens early on. Back then people didn't want to believe in the danger. The result was mockery, claims of xenophobia and finally criticism by the Europeans who had no real clue at all. Those videos are just a taste of what was going on.

    1.) Trump Administration Declares COVID-19 A Public Health Emergency | NBC News 31.01.2020

    2.) Trump mocked for first restrictions: Trump Forwards His Xenophobic Agenda | The Daily Show 31.01.2020

    3.) Trump considers further precautions, travel restrictions over coronavirus panic 01.02.2020

    4.) WHO says widespread travel bans not needed to beat coronavirus 03.02.2020

    5.) Coronavirus outbreak: EU condemns Trump’s travel ban between U.S. and Europe 12.03.2020

    6.) 'We Had To Move Quickly': Trump Defends New Travel Restrictions For Coronavirus | MSNBC 12.03.2020

    Finally:
    7.) Trump Tells Americans To Stay Home To 'Defeat' Coronavirus | NBC News 16.03.2020

    And then he just thought it was better to scare people not too much. So what? You think people would have acted differently? I doubt that. I was here in Germany in February and warned people that our media and politicians were on the wrong track. It was a waste of time. People didn't care.

    Do You remember that our German health minister at the end of February still told us all that the Coronavirus would be no problem? Do You remember how in Germany almost everyone and almost all the media stated that our common flu is so much more dangerous than the Coronavirus? Europeans in general were pretty oblivious to the danger. That's why Italy got hit so hard in the beginning. But now the Democrats blame it all on Trump and people are cheering and are giving likes to anti-Trump posts. It's all a joke.

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  24. Daniel Clark

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    The bitter Dems are trying to turn the word "downplay" into "lie". The closer the election comes the more mud they try to sling. But old Joe keeps on slip-slipping away.

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  25. Two World

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    मेरे देश मे पिज्जा और बर्गर 30 मिनट में आ जाता है, नहीं आया तो पैसे वापस
    कभी, पुलिस और एंबुलेंस को बुलाया है 😂 😂

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  26. Sikander Khan

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    maho maho Mareekh GOD Son ❤️

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  27. Sikander Khan

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    The white House Son 👽

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  28. 段开杰

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    疫情最严重的两个国家都在跟中国对着干,哈哈

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  29. Gergő Kovács

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    It greatly staggers me how idiotic Trump is, and I'm not remotely American. He seems way too lax about the fact that 200k Americans died from COVID-19, and 6m+ were infected. I hope he'll be outvoted in November, this guy is definitely one of those who should never be president. He seems to act in his own interests, not in the interests of his people. What kind of president is that?

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  30. Debra Burgos

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Trump is looking out for his bottom line, the stock market! He doesn’t care, because it is affecting the democratic mostly! The sad part is he doesn’t care about his own base. All the chaos he’s created in order to stay out of prison. He is despicable.

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  31. Mimi

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Elect a clown expect a circus

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  32. Ryan Syropiatko

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Mr. The caravans are coming and antifa is gonna move in next door all of a sudden doesnt wanna panic anyone

    Lmao

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  33. Manuel M

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    I know when Im on an airplane and it hits turbulence, I feel better when the captain tells us over the speaker we're all going to die.

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  34. Nathaniel Hellerstein

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Trump told Woodward that he lied about covid to prevent a panic. Panic is when fear and confusion cause people to make disastrous mistakes. Trump's covid lie was, itself , a prime sign of panic.

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  35. Miss Kym

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    He flat out lied. And killed 190,ooo+ people #CrimeAgainstHumanity

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  36. Welly Keqiang

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    This Is Trump slogan : Make American white people great again and american apartheid.

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  37. Kelli Harding

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    United States is the number one country in the WORLD with covid infections and deaths … How does anyone in that country think they are doing WELL? Wake up AMERICANS

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  38. Ricky sheeran

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Another reality show to clean up his act before the election. The whole world can see that Trump only CARES about the stock market.

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  39. Tim Smith

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    It wasn't a lie. It was an alternative fact. Besides if Trump told us the truth we would have panicked like all those other people around the world panicked when their leaders told them the truth. Yeah right

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  40. Amazing Supergirl

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    He’s never wanted to protect us. He just wants us working so we’ll pay federal and state taxes and buying stuff so we’re paying sales tax. It’s always about money and never lives.

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  41. Adorable Baby

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Trump is still in his dream to blame CCP.

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  42. Fulando Mcclarin

    October 21, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Yeah that is what we call BS! The man lied, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives. This is his way of explaining away his failures in dealing with the Coronavirus. He was not up to the job. Just like he's not up to the job of being president of the United States, he is in over his head the job is too much for him.

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