PUBLISHED: 01:36, Thu, Sep 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 01:36, Thu, Sep 10, 2020
The book’s author claims Mr Trump admitted he “wanted to always play it down”. The President allegedly also said the virus is “more deadly than even your strenuous flus” before publicly claiming “it will go away”.
The inflammatory allegations are contained in a new book by Bob Woodward, a celebrated US journalist involved in reporting the Watergate scandal.
However, president Trump has attacked the new work as a “political hitjob”.
He commented: “We don’t have to show panic, we’re not going to show panic, and that’s exactly what I did and I was very open whether it’s to Woodward or anybody else, it’s just another political hitjob.
“But whether it was Woodward or anybody else, you cannot show a sense of panic or you’re going to have bigger problems than you’ve ever had before.”
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Donald Trump has described a new book on his presidency as a "political hitjob" (Image: GETTY)
Bob Woodward is a celebrated American journalist (Image: GETTY)
Mr Woodward has gone on to write a number of books about US presidents and their administrations.
For his book he claimed to have interviewed Mr Trump 18 times and spoken to many other senior administration officials.
Mr Woodward says on February 7 the president warned him of the danger posed by coronavirus.
Mr Trump reportedly said: “It goes through the air.