President Trump defended downplaying the coronavirus as necessary to keep the nation calm after excerpts were released from Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage.”

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 09: U.S. President Donald Trump announces his list of potential Supreme Court nominees in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on September 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump also fielded questions about the coronavirus and Bob Woodward’s new book about him. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)