Bret Baier challenges Trump 2020 official over explanation of Trump’s coronavirus comments to Woodward

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“Special Report” presenter Bret Baier on Thursday urged Trump 2020 Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh to say there was no difference between President Trump’s statements about the coronavirus pandemic to reporter Bob Woodward earlier this year and what Trump was saying publicly to Americans.

“The things that are said in there [to Woodward] are the same things President Trump has said publicly, “Murtaugh said, to which Baier replied,” That’s not true, Tim. This is not true. “

“Yes,” Murtaugh replied.

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“He said publicly that the virus would pass from 15 [cases] to 0 and it would magically disappear, “Baier replied. It’s not the same thing he tells Bob Woodward – that it’s a deadly virus, that he travels through the air, that it’s very serious, that I like to play it down. He didn’t publicly say the same things as Bob Woodward. ”

Baier was referring to audio clips of interviews Woodward conducted with Trump in February and March and published by the Washington Post on Wednesday. Interviews form the basis of Woodward’s next book, “Rage”.

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“It was common knowledge at the time… and it was discussed at coronavirus briefings,” Murtaugh said. “Everyone knew it was spread by coughing and sneezing and the president –

“Okay,” Baier interrupted, “but what you just said was what he said in private and in public was the same. This is not the case. ”

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“Dr. Fauci says it’s the same,” Murtaugh replied. “You just played the sound. Dr Fauci said there was no appreciable difference between what the president was discussing in private and what he said publicly ”

“The question was, was the president frank with the American people? Murtaugh added later in the segment. “And he was. Every step of the way, the president was candid with the American people. There is no doubt about it. “

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