The Trump Tapes: Audio and Transcript – Bob Woodward Interview [audio]

Audio and transcript of the Bob Woodward interview with Donald Trump, recorded March 19, 2020.

And so, what was President Xi saying yesterday?
Oh, we were talking mostly about the uh, the virus. And I think he’s going to have it in good shape, but you know, it’s a very tricky situation. It’s –
Indeed it is.
It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed.
And so, that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your – you know, your, even your strenuous flus. You know, people don’t realize, we lose 25,000, 30,000 people a year here. Who would ever think that, right?
I know. It’s much forgotten.
I mean, it’s pretty amazing. And then I say, well, is that the same thing-
This is more deadly. This is five per-, you know, this is five percent versus one percent and less than one percent. You know, so, this is deadly stuff.

 

Now it’s turning out it’s not just old people, Bob. Just today and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It’s not just old- older.
Yeah, exactly.
Young people too, plenty of young people.
So, give me-
So what’s going on-
-a moment of talking to somebody, going through this with Fauci or somebody who kind of, it caused a pivot in your mind. Because it’s clear, just from what’s on the public record that you went through a pivot on this to, ‘oh my god, the gravity is almost inexplicable and unexplainable.’
Well I think, Bob, really, to be honest with you-
Sure, I want you to be.
I wanted to- I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.

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