Republican Sen. John Kennedy rejected the bombshell revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book on Wednesday, repeatedly saying these “gotcha books don’t interest me that much.”
When pressed by CNN’s Pamela Brown about the books revelations that President Trump actively downplayed how deadly Covid-19 was despite knowing how dangerous the virus was early on, Kennedy said the President’s on-the-record comments, which are backed up by audio recordings, do not comport with his personal experience with Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
“These gotcha books don’t interest me that much,” he told Brown again, speaking on “The Lead.” “…My experience has not been that the Trump administration ignored this virus. Quite the contrary.”
Kennedy went on to say that even if Trump made the comments, which he did, his actions speak louder than words.
“To be is to act — you learn pretty quickly not to judge people up here by what they say, you have to judge them by what they do,” he continued. “All I can tell you, Pamela, is what my experience has been and that this administration has been very responsive early on.”
Kennedy also defended Trump’s March 19, comments in which he told Woodward that he had played down the virus because he didn’t want Americans to panic.
“I don’t think any of us want the American people to panic,” Kennedy told Brown.
“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward at the time, even as he had declared a national emergency over the virus days earlier. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”