NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Woodward, dealing with widespread criticism for under now revealing President Donald Trump’s early considerations concerning the severity of the coronavirus, instructed The Related Press on Wednesday that he wanted time to ensure that Trump’s non-public feedback from February had been correct.

In Woodward’s upcoming e book on Trump, “Rage,” the president is quoted saying the virus was extremely contagious and “lethal stuff” at a time he was publicly dismissing it as no worse than the flu. Woodward, the celebrated Washington Put up journalist and best-selling writer, spoke with Trump greater than a dozen instances for his e book.

“He tells me this, and I am considering, ‘Wow, that’s attention-grabbing, however is it true?’ Trump says issues that do not take a look at, proper?” Woodward instructed the AP throughout a phone interview. Utilizing a well-known phrase from the Watergate period, when Woodward’s reporting for the Put up helped result in President Richard Nixon’s resignation, Woodward mentioned his mission was to find out, “What did he know and when did he comprehend it?”

On Twitter and elsewhere on-line, commentators accused Woodward of valuing e book gross sales over public well being. “Almost 200,000 People have died as a result of neither Donald Trump nor Bob Woodward wished to threat something substantial to maintain the nation knowledgeable,” wrote Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce.

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Writer and journalist Bob Woodward. His new e book , ‘Obama’s Wars’ is his concerning the Obama adminstration’s selections on Afganistan and the warfare on terror. Photographed in NYC. 29th September 2010. (Photograph by David Howells/Corbis through Getty Photos)

(Unique Caption) 5/7/1973-Washington- The Washington Put up received the 57th annual Pulitzer Prize for distinguished public service in journalism for its investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal. In annoucing the gold medal award, the trustee of Columbia College cited two Put up reporters, Carl Bernstein (left), 29, and Robert Woodward (proper), 30. Each are proven within the metropolis room shortly after the announcement. UPI {Photograph} BPA2# 2696

Former Washington Put up reporters Bob Woodward (L) and Carl Bernstein (R) communicate on the head desk earlier than the White Home Correspondents’ Affiliation dinner in Washington, U.S. April 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 3: Journalist Bob Woodward (L) arrives at Trump Tower, January 3, 2017 in New York Metropolis. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition group are within the means of filling cupboard and different excessive stage positions for the brand new administration. (Photograph by Drew Angerer/Getty Photos)

Bob Woodward arrives for conferences with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on January 3, 2017 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photograph credit score ought to learn KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Photos)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 18: Journalist Bob Woodward and Elsa Walsh pose for a photograph at an Afternoon Tea hosted by the British Embassy to mark the U.S. Presidential Inauguration at The British Embassy on January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photograph by Paul Morigi/Getty Photos)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 29: Pulitzer Prize successful journalist Bob Woodward eulogizes his former boss and Washington Put up Government Editor Ben Bradlee on the Washington Nationwide Cathedral October 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bradlee died at his dwelling in Georgetown October 21, 2014 on the age of 93. Bradlee was on the helm of the newspaper from 1968 to 1991, throughout which period it revealed the Pentagon Papers and tales documenting the Watergate scandal, resulting in the resignation of President Richard Nixon. (Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Photos)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 08: Journalist Bob Woodward attends the Vainness Honest New Institution Summit at Yerba Buena Middle for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photograph by Michael Kovac/Getty Photos for Vainness Honest)

SLUG: NA/DEEPTHROAT DATE SHOT: 04/29/73 – April 1973 (Flatbed scan 05/31/2005 EEL) CREDIT: Ken Feil/TWP Bob Woodward (left) and Carl Bernstein within the Washington Put up newsroom. (Photograph by Ken Feil/The Washington Put up/Getty Photos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – JANUARY 22: Two-time Pultizer Prize successful writer and journalist Bob Woodward speaks at Broward Faculty’s A. Hugh Adams Central Campus Institue of public security on January 22, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photograph by Vallery Jean/Getty Photos)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 08: U.S. Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul and The New York Put up Affiliate Editor and Moderator Bob Woodward communicate onstage throughout ‘Why Cannot Tech Save Politics?’ on the Vainness Honest New Institution Summit at Yerba Buena Middle for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photograph by Kimberly White/Getty Photos for Vainness Honest)

UNITED STATES – JUNE 17: Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee focus on Watergate – 30 years later;the second of the day;on George Washington College campus. (Photograph by Robert A. Reeder/Washington Put up/Getty Photos)

MEET THE PRESS — Pictured: (l-r) Bob Woodward, Affiliate Editor, The Washington Put up, left, and Katty Kay, Anchor, BBC World Information America, proper, seem on ‘Meet the Press’ in Washington, D.C., Sunday, NOV. 3, 2013. (Photograph by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire through Getty Photos)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 04: Bob Woodward, affiliate editor at The Washington Put up, speaks through the annual convention of the Nationwide Affiliation of Counties (NACo) March 4, 2013 on the Washington Hilton Lodge in Washington, DC. Woodward mentioned his new e book ‘The Value of Politics’ and had a e book signing for his readers. (Photograph by Alex Wong/Getty Photos)

NEW YORK – JUNE 17: American journalist Bob Woodward making a phonecall earlier than a radio present taping on June 17, 1974 in New York Metropolis. (Photograph by Waring Abbott/Getty Photos)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 18: Bob Woodward speaks through the ‘All The Presidents Males Revisited’ screening at The Newseum on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photograph by Kris Connor/Getty Photos)

MEET THE PRESS — Pictured: (l-r) ? Andrea Mitchell, Chief International Affairs Correspondent, NBC Information, left, and Bob Woodward, Affiliate Editor, Washington Put up, proper, seem on ‘Meet the Press’ in Washington D.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (Photograph by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire through Getty Photos)

WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 02: Journalist Bob Woodward attends Chris Matthews’ ‘Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero’ e book launch social gathering at The Hay-Adams on November 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photograph by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Spirit of Hope Gala visitor, (L-R) CNN political analyst David Gergen, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, former press secretary Robert Gibbs and Washington Put up Affiliate Editor Bob Woodward discuss throughout a press convention Tuesday Could 31, 2011 at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. The knowledgeable panel was in Toronto to speak about among the most crucial points in new right this moment starting from the Arab spring and the killing of Osama bin Laden to rising threats to western democracies and the way forward for Israel. (Photograph by Tara Walton/Toronto Star through Getty Photos)

LS.Woodward#1.IS.7/11. Bob Woodward who has written a brand new e book on the election known as ‘The Selection.’ showing on a TV present at K�CAL in Los Angeles. PHto Iris Schneider. (Photograph by Iris Schneider/Los Angeles Occasions through Getty Photos)




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The problem of each day journalists presenting newsworthy info in books isn’t new. The competitors for consideration is intense, and headlines assist enhance gross sales and visitor pictures for interviews. Reporter Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Occasions just lately attracted consideration for his e book, “Donald Trump v. The US,” by reporting new particulars on an unannounced go to by Trump to Walter Reed army hospital in November 2019. Schmidt reported that Vice President Mike Pence was placed on alert that he might need to briefly assume the powers of the presidency if the president needed to bear a process that required anesthesia.

Pence later mentioned he didn’t recall being placed on standby for the Reed go to, which the White Home has mentioned was a part of the president’s routine annual bodily. However Schmidt’s e book renewed hypothesis about Trump’s well being.

Political figures with e book offers even have been chastised for holding again well timed materials. Former nationwide safety adviser John Bolton, whose scathing memoir “The Room The place It Occurred” got here out in June, declined discussing Trump’s actions in the direction of Ukraine whereas the impeachment hearings had been being held earlier this yr.

Woodward’s e book, which comes out subsequent week, attracts from 18 conversations with Trump between December and July. Throughout his AP interview, Woodward mentioned Trump known as him “out of the blue” in early February to “unburden himself” concerning the virus, which then had few instances within the U.S. However Woodward mentioned that solely in Could was he happy that Trump’s feedback had been primarily based on dependable info and that by then the virus had unfold nationwide.

“If I had achieved the story at the moment about what he knew in February, that is not telling us something we did not know,” Woodward mentioned. At that time, he mentioned, the problem was now not one in all public well being however of politics. His precedence turned getting the story out earlier than the election in November.

“That was the demarcation line for me,” he mentioned. “Had I made a decision that my e book was popping out on Christmas, the top of this yr, that might have been unthinkable.”

Requested why he did not share Trump’s February remarks for a fellow Put up reporter to pursue, Woodward mentioned he had developed “some fairly essential sources” on his personal.

“Might I’ve introduced others in? Might they’ve achieved issues I could not do?” he requested. “I used to be on the path, and I used to be (nonetheless) on the path when it (the virus) exploded.”