On Tuesday, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward opened up about his conversations with President Donald Trump, during which he confessed he deliberately downplayed the severity of COVID-19 for political expedience.
“Tragically, unfortunately, he gave his speech, the famous state of the union speech, to the Congress,” said Woodward. “40 million people watched. He spent 15 seconds on it, saying, we’re doing everything that we can. This is the moment the leader would say, I got a warning, trouble is coming, but then he goes on saying I didn’t want to tell the truth because I would panic people. That’s not what people in this country do when they’re told the truth.”
Woodward took particular issue with Trump’s recent claim at a town hall that, if anything, he “up-played” the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are living in an Orwellian world,” said Woodward. “That is not just about some political problem or some geopolitical problem. It’s about the lives of people in this country, and he was told he knew. He told me about it. I thought it was about China and, quite frankly, it took me three months to find out about that key Jan 28 meeting in the Oval Office, which was a top secret intelligence briefing, and the briefer from the intelligence community is saying well, there are problems in China but they are working on it … I have witnesses to this participants in this and said no, no and pushed a very contrarian view based on facts and experience.”
Ex-Trump staffer says conservative media ‘brainwashed’ her into hating Democrats
On CNN Wednesday, Jessica Denson, the former coordinator of the Trump 2016 campaign's Hispanic outreach who starred in a recent ad for Joe Biden, opened up about how she was taken in by the Trump campaign — and why he must be defeated.
"My motive to go and help that campaign and be of service to the American people was sabotaged, and I've seen my experience repeated in the experience of one public servant after another over the past four years," said Denson, who spearheaded a lawsuit to free former Trump campaign officials from nondisclosure agreements. "I have seen that this campaign continues to go out brandishing a Bible and an American flag and claiming that they have anything to do with freedom, but I've lived first-hand that they have nothing to do with freedom. They have worked very much against free speech and democracy."
Jared Kushner is ‘infantilizing the president’ in new Bob Woodward audio tapes: CNN host
White House advisor Jared Kushner was "infantilizing" President Donald Trump during comments he made to journalist Bob Woodward in April, CNN host Brianna Keilar said Wednesday.
In an audio recording released by CNN, Kushner tells Woodward that "the most dangerous people around the president are over-confident idiots" because they can get past Trump’s “defense mechanisms.” He added that those advisors had been replaced with "more thoughtful people who kind of know their place."
CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel said the clip revealed two important things about Trump.
‘He seems to really like dictators’: Former GOP voter explains how Trump pushed him out of the party
A former lifelong Republican told CNN this week that he's been so displeased with President Donald Trump's performance that he's no longer a member of the Republican Party.
During a CNN voter roundtable, a man named Dale explained that the GOP's embrace of ignorance and misinformation under the president had really soured his opinion on the entire party.
"When I joined the Republican Party, when I turned 18 years old... it was known as the party of ideas, it was a party of pragmatism, it was a party of logic," he said. "It seemed like those ideals are becoming further and further away from the party that I had joined."