WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won’t have to look far to find the culprit behind the latest “political hit job” targeting him.It isn’t “the swamp,” “the deep state” or the “fake news.”It’s himself.He knew how deadly the coronavirus was, and he played it down anyway. Bob Woodward, one of the reporters who took down Richard Nixon, had the foresight to record his conversations with a president who sometimes lies even when video evidence contradicts him.”I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward during a phone call March 19. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”The president, in justifying his sunny early take on the pandemic’s impact, has publicly described himself as a “cheerleader” for the country. But what he told Woodward privately about his view of the danger apparently contrasted sharply with the information he was relaying to the nation about the risks, then and for months to come.”This is deadly stuff,” he told Woodward during a conversation on Feb. 7. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous


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