Previously, Gottlieb co-wrote a column in The Wall Street Journal laying out the need to "shore up the ability to respond to future pandemics with adequate testing" because, he concluded, "America's lack of preparation" for the COVID-19 pandemic "had devastating health and economic consequences".
"I don't want to jump up and down and scream 'death, ' because that's not what it's about", Trump said.
Biden frequently targets Trump's handling of the outbreak, saying he reacted too slowly and did not take it seriously enough with a strong testing plan, leading to the virus spreading and causing more deaths.
On Feb. 28, Trump referred to coronavirus as Democrats' "new hoax". Trump has claimed, without evidence, that absentee ballots were "rigged" against him, and said he may not accept the election results if he loses.
Trump said to Woodward, "I wanted to always play it down".
In another interview with the Associated Press, Woodward said, "if I had done the story at that time about what he knew in February, that's not telling us anything we didn't know", adding that his goal was to verify everything, and then present the book before the presidential election in November. Woodward's "Rage" provides questionable fodder for gullible idiots to digest as truth, yet anyone with half a brain can see his menu is inedible.
The next day, Trump blamed Woodward for not taking the initiative to alert authorities after stating his private concerns on COVID-19 to the legendary journalist.
Where can I watch 60 Minutes if I don't have cable?
At a White House news conference, Thursday afternoon, he said in response to a reporter's question: "I didn't lie, what I said is we have to be calm, we can't be panicked".
This raises the question whether Woodward and the corporate media is holding the powerful accountable, or seeking ratings and profits at any cost.