Trump denies he lied to Americans

President Donald Trump called journalist Bob Woodward a "wack job" after he released tapes in which Trump admitted to downplaying COVID-19. ABC's Faith Abubey reports.
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And Michigan they come out and screening people at. President Donald Trump in front of the pack and mostly mask with crouched what Hitler was bombing London. Church shell great leader would oftentimes go to Ralph had landed at stake. He always spoke with Communist. We did it just the right way still trying to explain away his own words. About not being frank with the American people over the deadly threat of coup bid nineteen. I wanted to always play it down I still like playing it down yeah because I don't want to hit a panic. The president using his rally Thursday night to try to since focus from the crisis. While ripping into famed reporter Bob Woodward who trump agreed to talk to. In eighteen different interviews for his book raids this whack job that wrote the book Joseph Biden on CNN putting the attention back on trunk. Think about who think about what he did not do. It is almost criminal and that the virus is not his fault but the deaths are small because he could have done so Stephen product unique. Trump's own former national security advisor John Bolton calling out the president for saying this and private. About could in nineteen. It's also more deadly then you're. You know you're even here strenuous clues. How telling the American people this it's a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for the American people are not children there adults. And the way a leader reacts as you tell them the truth ABC's Jon Karl pressing trying to why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you us. Terrible question and phraseology. And in line when I see it as we have to become. While many are asking why Woodward and waited so close to this Alexa to relieve these bombshell taste. Well what is defending himself he's has he was a short way the president got the information from and it wasn't sure whether he was telling the truth Kenneth Mona. All right faith Abu Ghraib airs live in Washington think you.

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