“Special Report” anchor Bret Baier pressed Trump 2020 marketing campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh Thursday over his declare that there was as soon as no distinction between President Trump’s statements on the coronavirus pandemic to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this yr and what Trump was as soon as telling Americans publicly.
“The issues that are being acknowledged in there [to Woodward] are the identical issues that President Trump has acknowledged publically,” acknowledged Murtaugh, to which Baier answered: “That’s no longer valid, Tim. That’s no longer valid.”
“Yes it is,” Murtaugh shot assist.
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“He was once saying publically that the virus would walk from 15 [cases] to 0 and that it was once magically going to clean away,” Baier answered. “That is no longer the identical reveal he’s telling Bob Woodward — that it’s a deadly virus, that it travels over the air, that it’s very serious, that I cherish to downplay it. He was once no longer saying the identical issues publicly as he was once to Bob Woodward.”
Baier was as soon as relating to audio excerpts from interviews Woodward carried out with Trump in February and March that comprise been printed by The Washington Submit Wednesday. The interviews assemble the inspiration for Woodward’s drawing close to close to e e-book, “Rage.”
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“It was once public data at the time … and it was once mentioned in coronavirus briefings,” Murtaugh acknowledged. “Every individual knew that it was as soon as transmitted by coughing and sneezing and the president –
“OK,” Baier interrupted, “however what you factual acknowledged is what he was as soon as saying privately and publically was as soon as the equivalent. Or now not it’s miles now not.”
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“Dr. Fauci says it’s miles the equivalent,” Murtaugh answered. “You factual carried out the sound chunk. Dr. Fauci acknowledged there’s not any considerable distinction between what the president was as soon as discussing privately versus what he was as soon as saying publicly”
“The question was as soon as, was as soon as the president being straight with the American of us?” Murtaugh added later within the phase. “And he was as soon as. Each step of the process, the President was as soon as straight with the American of us. There’s absolute self notion of that.”