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Woodward: ‘The president of the U.S. possessed particular information that would have saved lives’

Woodward: 'The president of the U.S. possessed specific knowledge that could have saved lives'

U.S. President Donald President Trump faces reporters after it was introduced Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in placing an settlement to normalize relations with Israel throughout a quick look within the Oval Workplace on the White Home in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2020.

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Journalist Bob Woodward mentioned Monday that he was shocked when he realized that President Donald Trump “possessed the precise information that would have saved lives” in January.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY” present, Woodward mentioned he discovered a couple of briefing the president acquired from his nationwide safety advisers on Jan. 28 in regards to the pandemic coming to america and, just a few days later, Trump did not share that info in his State of the Union deal with to Congress on Feb. 4, which 40 million individuals watched.

Woodward mentioned Trump missed a chance that night time to convey that warning, however the president mentioned solely that the U.S. was doing every little thing attainable. Woodward mentioned it is like if President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instructed the American individuals the reality after Pearl Harbor that much more may have been achieved.

“It’s a type of shocks, for me, having written about 9 presidents, that the president of america possessed the precise information that would have saved lives and historians are going to be writing in regards to the misplaced month of February for tens of years,” Woodward mentioned.

Woodward additionally launched a brand new audio clip on “TODAY” from certainly one of his 18 interviews with Trump for his guide “Rage,” which is about to be launched Tuesday. Within the recording, Trump talks about having optimistic relationships with leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, certainly one of many strongmen the president has praised.

“I get alongside very properly with Erdogan, regardless that you are not speculated to as a result of everybody says, ‘What a horrible man.’ However, you already know, for me it really works out good. It is humorous the relationships I’ve, the more durable and meaner they’re, the higher I get together with them. You may clarify that to me sometime, OK? However possibly it isn’t a nasty factor. The simple ones are those I possibly do not like as a lot or do not get together with as a lot,” Trump instructed Woodward.

Requested for his response to these feedback Monday, Woodward mentioned added that Dan Coats, when he served as Trump’s director of nationwide intelligence, got here to consider that Russian President Vladimir Putin had one thing on Trump and suspected the worst.

“Dan Coats, who was the primary intelligence officer within the nation, didn’t have proof. They went via all of the intelligence, however he certainly harbored that suspicion,” Woodward mentioned.