WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement in response to reporting from Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward that President Trump knew in February how dangerously deadly and contagious the coronavirus would be, only to downplay the risks it poses for much of 2020.

“Despite knowing just how deadly and dangerous the coronavirus is, President Trump has spent much of the last year misleading and lying to the American people about the serious risks to their lives and the lives of their loved ones. That is unconscionable,” said Senator Coons.  “Millions of Americans believed President Trump as he told them that the virus would not harm them, that the pandemic was under control, and that public health experts were wrong about this deadly virus.  As a result, nearly two hundred thousand Americans are dead and millions more are out of work, and it didn’t have to be this bad. Above all, we need our president to be honest with the American people and look out for our health and safety, but in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic, President Trump has failed to live up to both of those basic responsibilities.”