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Analysis: This coronavirus timeline is incredibly damning for Donald Trump

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

US President Donald Trump, flanked by (from R) Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Vice President Mike Pence and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on March 25, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Starting in late March, President Donald Trump began touting Easter Sunday as the day that America should reopen after the nationwide coronavirus quarantine.

(CNN)Starting in late March, President Donald Trump began touting Easter Sunday as the day that America should reopen after the nationwide coronavirus quarantine.

On April 13 -- aka the next day -- Trump had this exchange with Washington Post editor Bob Woodward about the virus:

And that conversation, of course, came almost a month after Trump told Woodward on March 19 that he "wanted to always play [the virus] down. "

Trump told Woodward he purposely played down the severity of the virus to the public in mid-March. Five days later, Trump floated the idea of reopening the country on Easter Sunday, citing "a certain level of weeks from the time we started and it happened to arrive. "The day AFTER Trump's proposed Easter reopening, from which he eventually backed down, Trump told Woodward how "easily transmissible" the virus was.

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