Bob Woodward: “I was not going to hide” my opinion on Trump

Bob Woodward did not need to be part of Senate Republicans in privately condemning President Trump however declining to take action publicly, he advised Jonathan Swan in an interview for “Axios on HBO.”

Why it issues: Woodward has coated 9 presidents, however Trump is the primary that Woodward explicitly described as “the improper man for the job.”

  • “I didn’t need to be part of the ranks of the Senate Republicans who know that Trump is the improper man for the job however will not say it publicly. … I used to be not going to cover. And I believe there are too many individuals hiding about Trump.”

Woodward’s guide, “Rage,” was primarily based on 19 interviews with the president, and the journalist concluded that Trump failed at his self-described job.

  • “He failed to guard the individuals. And he knew the specter of this virus a lot earlier on January 28, which is the important thing second when it was advised to him. 200 thousand individuals, the countrymen he leads, have died. And he may have taken remedial motion. He may have protected the nation.”

Within the interview, Woodward advised “Axios on HBO” that Trump may have given a really completely different State of the Union handle.

  • “Close to the tip, he talks in regards to the virus for 15 seconds and says, we’re doing the whole lot we will. He then spent, what, two minutes and 45 seconds on Rush Limbaugh.”
  • “Now, suppose he’d taken that second to say, ‘a number of days earlier, my nationwide safety advisers got here and gave me proof a couple of pandemic that is going to be just like the 1912 Spanish flu pandemic that killed 600 and seventy 5 thousand individuals on this nation. Fifty million individuals on the earth.'”
  • “Suppose he had mentioned, ‘I received this warning. I must inform you. That is my job. I will defend the individuals.'”

The underside line: Woodward — who does not sometimes vote in presidential elections to keep up journalistic objectivity, he says — advised “Axios on HBO” that he does not know whether or not he’ll vote in November, regardless of declaring Trump unfit for the job.

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