President Trump is facing renewed criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic following an excerpt from Bob Woodward's forthcoming book Rage and audio recordings that show Trump said he knew the virus was "deadly stuff" back in early February but wanted to "play it down." Trump told Woodward in February that COVID-19 is "more deadly than even your strenuous flu." Publicly, Trump was downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19. The White House said Trump was merely trying to avoid causing a public panic over the coronavirus, but Democrats like presidential nominee Joe Biden said Trump "knowingly and willingly lied" to the country, deeming it a "life and death betrayal of the American people." Some Never Trump conservatives called for Trump to be impeached again over the revelation.
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