CHINA/CORONAVIRUS: “At the beginning, before anybody knew what it [coronavirus] was, I spoke with President Xi and he said, we are doing it well, we are having it under control. And I was very open with that. He told me that it was under control, that everything was, and it turned out to be not true, because it wasn’t under control. It went all over the world, 188 countries.
So I didn’t say anything bad about President Xi initially, because nobody knew much about the disease. Nobody knew the seniors are susceptible. They thought people would be susceptible, but not just, you know the seniors are really a very, very endangered group of people, especially if they have problems with hearts or diabetes or any of that.”
-Donald Trump, “Trump’s ABC News town hall: Full transcript,” abcnews.go.com, Sep. 15, 2020