Journalist and writer Bob Woodward said he was surprised to learn that President Donald Trump “possessed the specific knowledge that could save lives” about the pandemic and did not share it, as reported by NBC News.
In an interview Monday with Telemundo’s sister network NBC’s “Today” program, the renowned journalist said he learned of the report Trump received from his National Security advisers on January 28 about the pandemic that is brought the United States closer.
He added that just days later, Trump did not share that information in his State of the Union message.
Woodward added that Trump missed the opportunity that night to share the alert, but the president only said that the United States was doing everything possible on the matter.
” For me, who have covered nine presidents, it is one of those shocks … that the president of the United States had information that could have saved lives and that historians were going to be writing about the loss of the month of February by dozens years, ” Woodward said.
Woodward has interviewed the president several times since December 2019 and with that material has just published a book, “Rage,” which has shaken the political spectrum in the United States less than 50 days before the elections.
He said it at a campaign event in Nevada, where dozens of supporters arrived without masks.
The Washington Post, where Woodward is an associate editor, published excerpts from the book, “Rage,” just as . did. The book also covers race relations, diplomacy with North Korea, and a host of other issues that have come up in the past two years.
The book is based on 18 interviews Woodward conducted with Trump between December and July.
“Trump never seemed willing to fully mobilize the federal government and he continually seemed to pass the problems on to the states,” Woodward writes. “There was no real theory of case management or how to organize a massive effort to deal with one of the most complex emergencies the United States has ever faced.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president’s words to the public were aimed at expressing confidence and calm at a time of insurmountable challenges.
“The president has never lied to the American public about COVID. The president was expressing calm and his actions reflect that, ”McEnany said.