Bob Woodward Tells ’60 Minutes’ Why He Made A Judgment Call That Donald Trump Was The “Wrong Man For The Job”: “It’s A Conclusion Based On Evidence”
The biggest bombshells in Bob Woodward’s Rage already have been reported, but in his first sit-down interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday, he explained why he decided to make a final judgment in his book about Donald Trump — that he was the “wrong man for the job.”
“You’re known as the reporter who doesn’t put his thumb on the scale,” 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley said to Woodward. “And yet, at the end of this book, you do just that.”
“It’s a conclusion based on evidence, overwhelming evidence, that he could not rise to the occasion with the virus and tell the truth,” Woodward responded “And one of the things that President Trump told me, ‘In the presidency, there’s always dynamite behind the door.’ The real dynamite is President Trump. He is the dynamite.”
Last week, CNN and The Washington Post reported on the most newsworthy revelation in the book: That Trump knew on Feb. 7 that the coronavirus virus was “deadly” and airborne, and that it was worse than the flu. Yet he downplayed the severity of the virus throughout the month. Trump’s campaign continues to hold rallies in which supporters are tightly packed together, with many not wearing masks. In fact, just as the 60 Minutes interview was airing, the Trump campaign was getting ready to hold its first indoor rally in three months. Masks are recommended but not required.
Woodward interviewed Trump 18 times for the book, leading to much speculation as to why the president would choose to be grilled so extensively by the famed investigative reporter. One theory: Trump thought that he could sway Woodward’s view of his administration’s performance by sheer force of personality ad persuasion.
In their last interview in August, Woodward said, the topic again was on the coronavirus, as the pandemic continued to spread throughout the country. Trump insisted during the interview that “nothing more could have been done” to curb the virus.
“Nothing more could have been done. Does he remember what he told me, back in February, about it’s more deadly than the flu?” Woodward told Pelley. “I mean it almost took my breath away, that there was such certainty, when he was absolutely wrong about the issue that defines the position of this country right now.”
They did chat once more, but by that point the book was already on its way to the publisher. Woodward said that he told Trump, “It’s a tough book. There are going to be things that you are not going to like, judgments that I made.”
” It looks like I don’t have it on this book, but we’ll get you sometime later, I guess,” Trump said, in a recording that was played on 60 Minutes.
Woodward told Pelley, “An hour and a half later, he tweeted out that the Bob Woodward book is going to be fake.”
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