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‘This is a busy White House’: Trump told Dr. Fauci he didn’t have a lot of time to talk about COVID-19: Bob Woodward

President Trump reportedly told journalist Bob Woodward that he was too busy to meet with Dr. Anthony Fauci one-on-one in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

A previously unheard recording of Trump released Monday shows Trump shrugging off the need for more in-depth meetings with the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, CNN reported Monday.

“This is a busy White House,” Trump told Woodward in March as the death toll started rising. “We’ve got a lot of things happening.”

“Honestly there’s not a lot of time for that, Bob,” the president added.



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The new recording is from one of 18 interviews that Trump gave to Woodward for the iconic journalist’s book “Rage” about Trump’s White House.

Earlier recordings revealed that Trump admitted that he “like(s) playing down” the threat from the pandemic to the public even though he knew how dangerous it was.

In the new recording, Trump praises Fauci as “a sharp guy” but again seeks to tamp down the need for a full-court press to battle the virus, which was just starting to kill significant numbers of Americans.

Last week, the Republican president became one of 7.4 million Americans who contracted coronavirus and to date, he is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Woodward has said he believes Trump’s mishandling of the virus shows that he is profoundly unfit to lead the country.

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AG Dave Yost is doing the right thing on HB6, so why not House Speaker Bob Cupp? This Week in the CLE

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is doing the right thing on the corrupt House Bill 6, so why isn’t House Speaker Bob Cupp?

We’re talking about Yost’s push to hold Energy Harbor and FirstEnergy accountable on the need for a $1.3 billion nuclear bailout on This Week in the CLE.

Listen online here.

Editor Chris Quinn hosts our daily half-hour coronavirus news podcast, with editors Jane Kahoun, Kris Wernowsky and me, answering all sorts of questions from the news.

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Here are the questions we’re answering today:

What is Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s latest step to bring transparency and honesty to the move to repeal HB6, the corrupt bill adopted by the Ohio legislature to make us all pay $1.3 billion to bail out what were then FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants? Yost is urging state lawmakers to have Energy Harbor and FirstEnergy Corp. representatives testify before legislative committees and disclose whether the plants actually need the money.

Do we know anything more about the police officer who gave the finger Tuesday night to protesters who were demonstrating against, you guessed it, police abuse? Shaker Heights is investigating a police officer who flipped off a group of protesters demonstrating outside the presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday. Adam Ferrise reports the Shaker officer was working in Cleveland as part of the presidential debate detail.

What laws might be getting broken by the people