New York Daily News Uses Old Donald Trump Quote To Mark 500,000 Dead From COVID-19
The New York Daily News marked the dismal 500,000 death toll from COVID-19 on its front page Tuesday with an old quote from ex-President Donald Trump.
The newspaper recalled the then president, who boasted on February 26th last year that there were only 15 cases of coronavirus in the United States and that these infections "will go to near zero in a few days".
"So far from zero," the tabloid read on the front page:
However, Trump's claim contradicted his own testimony in a phone call to journalist Bob Woodward on Feb.7, 2020 that the virus was "deadly".
"You just breathe the air and so it's over," Trump told Woodward at the time. "And that's very difficult. It's very delicate. It's also more deadly than your exhausting flow."
Despite his private recognition, Trump later repeatedly downplayed the threat posed by the virus in public, mocking people wearing masks to contain its spread, pointing out unproven drugs, and even considering injecting disinfectant as a treatment during a press conference - before contracting COVID -19 himself and three days in the hospital.
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