DONALD Trump has been labeled "the biggest threat to America" by Democratic darling Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The Michigan governor criticized the president over recorded comments he made to Bob Woodward about the coronavirus pandemic.
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"I think this failure to act has cost so many lives, sent our economy into a tailspin, and I'll say it's just devastating to hear that when we've been working so hard to save lives," Whitmer said in a press briefing on Thursday.
She added that she believes the president's administration has been "reckless" and "not particularly well-informed."
"They knew; they didn't tell us," she said. "I think that the biggest enemy of the state right now is the misinformation that's coming out of the head of state."
"I think the biggest threat to the American people is the American president right now."
In recently unearthed tapes, Trump told Woodward that coronavirus was "deadly stuff" during an interview on February 7.
But in the public eye, during several press briefings at the White House, Trump would tell reporters that the virus was "under control" and would "disappear."
On March 19, just days after he declared a national emergency, the president admitted that what he said in public and what he knew in private were two different things.
"I wanted to always play it down," Trump told Woodward. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."
When asked about the claims on Wednesday, the president said he did downplay the threat, saying it was "in order to reduce panic, perhaps that’s so."
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