By Duncan Smith

We honestly don’t know why any Republican, and especially a Republican president named Donald Trump, would ever talk to Bob Woodward.

You remember him, right? He is one of two former Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story in the early 1970s that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon.

Well, Woodward spent hours interviewing the president for a new book which is set to hit the shelves this week.

The book, “Rage,” is based in large part on interviews with Trump and other administration officials.

And already, one of the ‘bombshell revelations’ from it is that Trump, early on, said he “downplayed” the threat of COVID-19 even though he also said it was “deadly stuff.”

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward during another conversation on March 19, which occurred days after he declared a national emergency. “I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Oh, by the way, so did Democrats and their lapdog media; they all downplayed the virus early on. 

The Washington Examiner, a supposedly ‘Right-leaning’ outlet, played it this way:

At the time Trump made these remarks to Woodward, he was making vastly different statements to the public about the coronavirus. The president publicly said the virus was “going to disappear” and that everything was going to “all work out fine.” The president also said the virus was the equivalent of the seasonal flu.

So — what should the president have done, told everyone what he was being told by people like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who got just about everything regarding this virus wrong?

Remember, in January, February, and March Trump, along with every other world leader, was being told coronavirus was going to wipe out half the world if we didn’t shut down the planet.

The U.S. itself was going to lose millions of people if we didn’t shut it all down and keep the country on perpetual lockdown, according to ‘models’ that kept getting changed (as in, ‘adjusted downward’).

Everything Trump was told during the time when Woodward was interviewing him has turned out to be wrong.

But do you know who was right?

The guy who was trying to keep everyone calm: President Trump.

And if we strip out all of the phony death toll data — counting people who died of something other than COVID-19 as a coronavirus death if they tested positive for the disease — the official toll would look at lot more like a flu season.

No Republican should ever talk to Bob Woodward. We still can’t believe that Trump did.

But the facts remain the same: Nothing this president did worsened the coronavirus pandemic.

There were a few Democrats who did, though, and one of them is governor of Trump’s home state: Andrew Cuomo.

Maybe Woodward should interview him.

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