US Election 2020 9 September 2020 Bob Woodward has Trump tapes (and has had them for months) Emily Tamkin writes: Veteran journalist Bob Woodward has a new book on Trump coming out, which is called Rage. Fittingly, that is what many Americans felt when they learned that Woodward, with whom the president agreed to speak 18 times for the book, had Trump on tape in February saying that he knew how dangerous the novel coronavirus was. Then, in March, Trump told Woodward that he was downplaying the severity of the virus so as not to cause panic. We are learning about this now, in September, after roughly 190,000 Americans died of COVID-19. View the full image JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up › Boris Johnson says we need to break international law “to protect the peace process”. Is he right? Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!