Journalist Bob Woodward stated early Monday that limiting travel from China in response to the coronavirus pandemic was not President TrumpDonald John TrumpCrowd goals ‘lock him up’ chant at Obama throughout Trump rally Nevada governor: Trump ‘taking reckless and egocentric actions’ in holding rally Michigan lieutenant governor blasts Trump coronavirus response: He ‘is a liar who has killed individuals’ MORE’s idea.
Host Savannah Guthrie famous on NBC’s “Today” that Woodward’s guide “Rage” claims that Trump applied the restrictions on the recommendation of his administration’s well being specialists, together with Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump officers defend president’s coronavirus response amid Woodward revelations Minnesota infectious illness professional: U.S. has ‘one other 12 to 14 months of a very arduous street forward of us’ GOP chair defends Trump messaging on masks: ‘To say that he ought to have recognized then what we all know now is not actually honest’ MORE, after a Jan. 28 assembly.
“It’s not that President Trump banned travel, people coming from China to the United States. He restricted it, and as we now know, there were some problems and lots of people from China instead of coming to the United States went to Europe and then came into John F. Kennedy airport in New York,” Woodward replied. “And that’s why there was such a firestorm of a virus in New York City at that time.”
Woodward went on to recommend that the president had a possibility to emphasise the specter of the pandemic days later at his State of the Union deal with in early February, somewhat than the passing point out it acquired.
“He had an opportunity — he’s saying, ‘Well we’re doing everything possible,’” Woodward stated. “At that moment if, like, Franklin Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor had told the American people the truth, a lot more could have been done.”
Woodward additionally once more defended his choice to not publicize the president’s feedback in February that the virus was “deadly stuff” and airborne.
“In February I thought it was all about China, because the President had told me about a discussion with Chinese President Xi. And if you look at what was known in February, the virus was not on anyone’s mind. No one was suggesting changing behavior,” he stated. “Then when it exploded in March, as you know, there were 30,000 new cases a day. Publishing something at that point would not have been telling people anything they didn’t know. They knew very clearly that it was dangerous.”