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Administration and GOP officials defend Trump's Covid response despite recordings showing he deliberately minimized virus

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Trump administration and Republican Party officials on Sunday defended President Donald Trump in the wake of revelations that he concealed what he knew early on about how dangerous and deadly the coronavirus was.

In a contentious interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union," White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro deflected when pressed about audio tape of Trump's comment in early February to journalist Bob Woodward about the virus being more deadly that the flu, yet denying that fact two weeks later in a White House briefing answer to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"It basically was hope for the best, prepare for the worst, stay calm and begin to attack this virus from China on four different vectors," Navarro said, attempting to walk through the White House's behind-the-scenes strategy beginning on February 7, the same day as Trump's comments to Woodward on the virus' deadliness.

McDaniel, when asked Sunday about the view that Trump downplayed the virus for political reasons, told NBC that she disagreed "that the President took political calculations into a global pandemic like we've never seen before that has decimated not just our country but countries across the world. "

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