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9 September 2020updated 05 Sep 2021 10:07am

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.

By Emily Tamkin

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