Jaw-Dropping

“The virus has nothing to do with me. It’s not my fault. It’s — China let the damn virus out.”

“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

The above are direct quotations from Donald J. Trump, as told to two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author Bob Woodward in one of the 18 interviews the two had as Woodward prepared for his latest book, RAGE, which will be released next Tuesday.

As of this writing, 194,414 human beings in the United States have died … and yet, it has “nothing to do with …” Donald Trump, the ‘man’ who 330 million people expect to act in their best interests, the best interests of the nation.

CNN has obtained a preview copy of Woodward’s book, and also some of the tapes from his interviews with Trump, and I urge you to read the full article, but meanwhile here are a few excerpts …

By March 19, when Trump told Woodward he was purposely downplaying the dangers to avoid creating a panic, he also acknowledged the threat to young people. “Just today and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It’s not just old, older. Young people too, plenty of young people,” Trump said.

Publicly, however, Trump has continued to insist just the opposite, saying as recently as August 5 that children were “almost immune.”

Even into April, when the US became the country with the most confirmed cases in the world, Trump’s public statements contradicted his acknowledgements to Woodward. At an April 3 coronavirus task force briefing, Trump was still downplaying the virus and stating that it would go away. “I said it’s going away and it is going away,” he said. Yet two days later on April 5, Trump again told Woodward, “It’s a horrible thing. It’s unbelievable,” and on April 13, he said, “It’s so easily transmissible, you wouldn’t even believe it.”

Trump has come under fire in recent days for reportedly making disparaging remarks about US military personnel and veterans. Woodward’s book includes an anecdote where an aide to Mattis heard Trump say in a meeting, “my f—ing generals are a bunch of pussies” because they cared more about alliances than trade deals. Mattis asked the aide to document the comment in an email to him. And Trump himself criticized military officials to Woodward over their view that alliances with NATO and South Korea are the best bargain the US makes. “I wouldn’t say they were stupid, because I would never say that about our military people,” Trump said. “But if they said that, they — whoever said that was stupid. It’s a horrible bargain … they make so much money. Costs us $10 billion. We’re suckers.”

Trump boasted to Woodward about a new secret weapons system. “I have built a nuclear — a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before,” Trump said. Woodward says other sources confirmed the information, without providing further details, but expressed surprise that Trump disclosed it.

Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner also weighs in with some unusual literary insights about his father-in-law. Kushner is quoted as saying that four texts are key to understanding Trump, including “Alice in Wonderland.” Kushner paraphrased the Cheshire Cat: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.”

Woodward discussed the Black Lives Matter protests and suggested to the President that people like the two of them — “White, privileged” — need to work to understand the anger and pain that Black people feel in the US. “You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you,” Trump responded, repeating his outrageous talking point that he’s done more for the Black community than any president besides Abraham Lincoln.

These are but a few of the jaw-dropping, and yet I suppose not surprising, highlights of the article, which has now been picked up by other news outlets, even Fox.  Fox host Howard Kurtz said three days prior that …

“As a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been writing books about presidents since Richard Nixon, he can’t simply be dismissed as a third-rate hack or someone with an ax to grind. Woodward has hundreds of hours of taped interviews with White House and other sources for “Fear,” along with internal documents.

Senior officials have rushed out denials of disparaging comments attributed to them. And Trump tweeted:

“The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General [Secretary of Defense] James Mattis and General [Chief of Staff] John Kelly,” he wrote on Twitter. “Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?”

Sorry, dismissing Bob Woodward as a possible Democratic operative simply doesn’t wash. He did a tough book on the Clinton White House and a revealing look at the Obama White House handling of military conflicts.

Another tweet – “Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?” — reflects the president’s larger frustration with the press. Under Supreme Court precedent, a public figure must prove that a journalist’s work is not only false but that he acted with malice or reckless disregard for whether or not it was true. How exactly would the president change that?”

We the People of this nation have given far too much power to one ‘man’ whose only concern is money and his own welfare.  When I first read the CNN article, then a few others, my jaw dropped to the floor, but after I thought about it all for a few minutes, I realized we shouldn’t really be surprised … everything Trump has done has given us proof that he cares for nobody and nothing but himself.  No other president in the history of this nation has done as much harm to the people he was supposed to represent, the people who gave him the power of the office of presidency.  Let us remember in eight short weeks, that he has horribly abused that power and that he is undeserving of the title and the office.  PLEASE, my friends, let us remember that … our lives depend on it.

41 thoughts on “Jaw-Dropping

    • He’s still in the White House rather than in jail because … the Republicans in the Senate refused to follow through with the impeachment charges and convict him of his abuse of power back in February. They could have relieved us from so much of the distress we have today, but they chose to put their own fortunes ahead of our lives.

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  1. Though I think it was dumb for him ot say he wanted to downplay it, he was in the right to say he didn’t want to cause a panic.
    He instituted a travel ban on China, was screamed at by lunatic leftists for being a racists for making that move while those same people encouraged people to still go on about their normal lives, China waited a month before doing anything but yet Trump is the bad guy.
    And just remember, India has more cases than we do, though you won’t hear that on the mainstream media like the ever so trusted Washington Post because we have to be the epicenter of the disease.

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    • Scott, we have 4% of the global population and 22% of thr global COVID-19 deaths. India has about four times our populaton. This troubles this independent voter.

      Mission one in a pandemic per epidemiologists is to tell people the truth. The fact he lied and confinues to lie is not news. The fact he admitted it is. What he fails to undetstand is too many people believe his BS. And, too many sycophants have furthered his lies. Too many Americans have died and more will due to the lack of seriousness of purpose.

      That is what I tbink for what it is worth. Keith

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    • I have to disagree with you on that. Panic could have been kept to a minimum with facts and a plan … but he offered neither. Deaths could have been dramatically lower had he been forthcoming and honest.

      No nation has more cases than the U.S. The U.S. as of this moment has 6.6 million to India’s 4.6 million. PLUS, the U.S. has just over 4% of the world’s population! PLUS, we have the most deaths at 196 thousand! We truly ARE, if not the epicenter, the leader in both cases and deaths, my friend. The facts back me up on that one.

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    • Hello Scott. I love that many on the right claim that tRump closed travel from China as if it was the cure that he invented. In fact after his semi ban on travel from China another 40,000 people from there came to the US. Plus other countries had already instituted their own travel bans. It was not a new or courageous act and it did not stop or change anything. tRump’s other travel bans that followed excluded countries with his properties so those who were banned could simply go to ones that were not banned first, then to the US. I keep hearing that people on the left were against the bans, but the truth is it was simply noted it was too late and not the most effective tool to stop the spread in the US. It was already known to be here.

      China waited a month to inform the world of all it knew about this, which really was only three weeks. So now what do we say about tRump denying the severity of it publicly for 6 more months, when he privately acknowledged how serious it was? Then working against mitigating it from February to now? Should we blame tRump for that as we are flogging China for three weeks of denying?

      It is not the cases that is a serious issue, it is the hospitalizations and the deaths from it. Mitigating the spread thereby slowing the hospitalizations and deaths has not happened in the US. It also has not happened in several other countries. But there is no denying that the US has far more deaths than we should have compared to other countries. The countries with the lower death totals per population took strong strict control measures endorsed by the leaders and followed willingly by the population. The US did not do that. We are still not doing that. We now are looking at the death total of raising past 400,000 at our present rate, in to the millions if we have another surge. How many deaths are enough? Look at the foolishness of the Sturgis bike rally which is now responsible for more than 250,000 more cases spreading around the country. Not all those will result in expensive hospitalization that people can not afford but many will and many will result in more death. Needless death and suffering and bankruptcies.

      It did not have to be this way, and the fault of it goes to the top, where the president is still anti-mask and his followers are still trying to resist any mask wearing rules. This is not politics, it is medical facts. It is reality. Be safe, hugs

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  2. I really hate seeing his (half a ) face on your post page. Woodward needs another Pulitzer as far as I am concerned, for having to interview that overgrown pouting,pointing, kicking, cursing, uncontrollable child.

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    • I hated it, too! I try never to put his image on my posts, but in this case, that just seemed apropos. I agree with you … just to be in the same room with him should make him eligible for a Pulitzer!!! I couldn’t do it … I’d spit in his face, then the Secret Service would shoot me dead. Still, a noble way to go, yes?

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  3. He’s a monster. I grieve that so many of my friends and relatives continue to not just support him, but practically worship him. Cancel the cancerous Trump cult November 3.

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    • I fully agree … he is a cruel, heartless monster and like you, I am appalled by the lack of my friends’ and family’s ability to see him for what he is. Oh how I hope November 3rd is a clear victory for honesty and integrity. If not … we are truly doomed. Not hyperbole, but I truly believe it.

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  4. Jill, Bob Woodward taped the interviews for a reason. As mentioned in the backlash on his first book – I have tapes of them saying what they denied he would retort. As for COVID-19, mission one in a pandemic per a historian and epidemiologist is “tell people the truth.” Trump is admitting on tape he knew the truth and lied to the American people to not create a panic.

    As you point out, people have died Mr. president. This is a dereliction of duty. I would love to see a class action suit by decedents and survivors against the US president for dereliction and incompetence. I used the analogy that Trump was briefed on the pandemic risk and the ball was on the tee for him to lead, but he whiffed. Now, we are learning he chose not to swing at all. That is actually even worse.

    Keith

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    • Yes, Bob Woodward is a seasoned journalist … after all, he and Bernstein survived Nixon and Watergate, and surely learned from that! I have questions (see my comment on previous post) about Trump’s motives here … he KNEW he was being taped, and yet he allowed it. And now he is crying “Foul”???

      Far too many people have died. We will never know how many might have been saved if both Trump and Fox News had been honest. And we aren’t even to the end yet! Experts say we will see 300,000 deaths, nearly 1% of the population, by the end of the year, and I believe it. But, eventually it will be discovered that the reported death toll was … under-reported, and at some point, somebody will look at the suicide rate for 2020-2021 and those deaths, too, must be attributed to this pandemic and Trump’s bungling of it.

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      • Jill, we have known since early in the year, Trump was purposefully misleading the people on COVID-19. So, that part of the revelation to Woodward is not news, other than the fact he admitted to lying to avoid a “panic.” But, what he failed to realize then, what he failed to realize during his continued lying (it is a hoax was still uttered three weeks after the first confession to Woodward) and what he fails to realize even now, is too many people believe his BS. And, GOP governors had to abet the lie and open the stores before anyone was ready.

        Let me say this last statement differently. Trump’s lies causes a chain reaction of lying that exposed more Americans to COVID-19. He should tender his resignation. Keith

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        • True that WE knew it, but for him to openly admit it still makes me suspicious. Yes, the chain of events certainly led to the U.S. leading the world in both cases and deaths. Scott is wrong about India having more cases … they are behind us by roughly 2 million. He should tender his resignation, but we both know his ego is far too big for that. Which leaves it to us to remove him.

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  5. I keep saying this, but it’s the same here. Today the rising infection rates was blamed on young people. The failure to have enough tests was placed on the public wanting too many tests. Brexit problems was blamed on Europe and the Bad brexit legislation (the one Boris introduced) and the failing economy was blamed on parents for not sending their kids to school. Always somebody’s else’s fault.

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    • Oh my friend … what a bloody mess they have made of everything. 😥 Every bit of this screams loudly that to Boris and Donnie, we are but pawns in a game, not humans with lives that have value. Funny, though, how they don’t seem to have a problem with taking our tax money. And when we retire and stop earning a salary, thus stop paying taxes, then we are expendable. Both of our countries need a reset … I fear we are all in for a very rude awakening, and we can then point that finger of blame at the two with the fake hair and empty heads! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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