Trump says in Philly town hall: 'I didn't downplay' coronavirus, 'I up-played it'

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump attempted to rewrite the history of his early response to the coronavirus during a town hall in Philadelphia on Tuesday, saying he “up-played” the pandemic rather than downplaying it — an assertion directly at odds with his own comments in public and on tape.“I didn’t downplay it; I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action, my action was very strong,” Trump said at the National Constitution Center, where he took questions from undecided voters in an event hosted by ABC News.One voter asked Trump why he downplayed the virus — which the pres…

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