Trump Tells Bob Woodward He "Bailed Out" of Meeting After Someone Sneezed in New Audio

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Bob Woodward
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The latest excerpt from the veteran journalist's taped interviews, played on Monday's 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert,' also features the president talking about the virus being "so easily transmissible"

In a new audio clip from his interviews with President Donald Trump, Watergate journalist and Rage author Bob Woodward offered more evidence of how the U.S. leader knew about the dangers of the novel coronavirus earlier this year.

Played for the first time during Woodward's appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the clip features audio from an interview completed with the president back in April. The audio highlights Trump knew how "easily transmissible" the coronavirus was, with the president admitting he cleared a room after someone sneezed.

"Bob, it's so easily transmissible you wouldn't believe it," Trump says in the clip. "I know it's, I mean, you can be in the room -- I was in the White House a couple of days ago, a meeting of 10 people in the Oval Office and a guy sneezed, innocently, not a horrible -- you know, it's a sneeze. The entire room bailed out, OK, including me, by the way."

Woodward went on to acknowledge the seriousness of Trump's statements in light of the more than 190,000 recorded American deaths due to the coronavirus, calling the president's Jan. 28 intelligence briefing with national security advisor Robert O'Brien and deputy Matt Pottinger "the most extraordinary meeting in the Oval Office I've reported on for about 50 years."

"I once asked [Trump] what's the job of the president," Woodward said. "He said the job is to protect the people. I agree. I think most people in this country would, and he failed to protect the people. He failed to find a way to tell the truth."

Woodward also addressed Trump's indoor rally in Nevada on Monday night, questioning whether the president would have bailed then. "Last night last in Nevada, when he was going through that rally, there have been God knows how many people there, all packed together," Woodward told Colbert. "I wonder if someone sneezed in the front row that Trump would bail out again and get out of the way."

Watch the entire segment below.