Trump said he’s not worried about COVID but had sleepless nights
- Former President Trump projected public confidence about the coronavirus, but privately he was worried.
- He faced sleepless nights, according to a forthcoming book.
- Trump had also hoped to face Bernie Sanders in the 2020 election.
Former President Donald Trump publicly downplayed the significance of the coronavirus as he made his way through the world in 2020, but all the while he faced sleepless nights as he panicked at about the economy and his re-election prospects, according to a forthcoming book.
According to the book “the big lieby Jonathan Lemire of Politico, when Trump was in India in February 2020, he called White House economic advisers, including Larry Kudlow, overnight to express his concerns.
“The sun wouldn’t rise for several hours in India, but President Trump hadn’t slept, pacing in his lavish hotel suite in New Delhi,” says one extract Politico released Friday. “He was battling jet lag, of course, but he wasn’t awake because of it, or because he was still in charge of the gathering of 110,000 people he had organized at the biggest cricket stadium in the world. world or the majestic tour he had received from the Taj Mahal.”
Despite the seemingly anxiety-induced insomnia, Trump at a meeting with business leaders in New Delhi told those gathered that the virus was “a problem that will go away” and added that “our country is under control”. When he then took a flight to the United States, he barely slept, according to the book.
Another issue contributing to Trump’s insomnia, according to “The Big Lie,” was that he had hoped to face Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist who ended up losing the Democratic nomination to centrist Joe Biden.
The book does not represent the first revelation that Trump’s public statements have clashed with his private conversations. Journalist Bob Woodward revealed in his book”Rage“that on February 7, 2020, Trump knew the virus was deadly and worse than the flu.
The former president admitted to Woodward about a month later that “I always wanted to play things down. I always like to play them down because I don’t want to cause panic.” This book came out just before the 2020 election that Trump lost.
Although Trump apparently understands the seriousness of the situation with the pandemic, it has done little to change his behavior. Trump has largely refused to wear a mask in public, held large public rallies and later caught a case of COVID-19 that led to him being hospitalized. He had the disease before vaccines became available.
According to the book, Trump didn’t want to wear a mask because it would make him look like “a cat,” he told his aides. Publicly, Trump said he’d rather not wear masks and mocked Biden for having “the biggest mask I’ve ever seen” even when he wasn’t around others.