April 23, 2021

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Trump 'wanted to play down' Covid despite knowing deadliness, Bob Woodward book says – live

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7.41pm BST

As the White House grapples with fallout from the revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book, administration officials are engaging in a blame game over who spoke to the legendary journalist, according to the New York Times.

There is an epic amount of finger-pointing going on at the White House right now about who’s to blame for a group of grown adults in serious positions in government – and in one case the president – talking to Woodward.

Mr. Trump gave Mr. Woodward extensive access to his White House and to top officials in the hopes the eventual book would be ‘positive,’ in his eyes. Mr. Trump did not speak to Mr. Woodward for his first book on the Trump presidency, ‘Fear,’ and the president has maintained publicly and to advisers that it would have turned out better had he personally participated.

7.29pm BST

Trump will deliver remarks on judicial appointments in about 30 minutes, the White House has just announced.

President @realDonaldTrump will deliver remarks on judicial appointments at 3PM.

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