Did Trump Downplay Covid Enough?

Thank goodness President Trump resisted the most panicked authoritarian responses to Covid-19 imposed by some U.S. governors. But he’s now facing questions over a Feb. 7 interview, included in a new Bob Woodward book, in which Mr. Trump said that Covid was deadlier than the flu.

Much of the press corps is attacking Mr. Trump on the grounds that the comments painted a more dire picture than he was sharing publicly at the time. A number of journalists are also questioning why Mr. Woodward didn’t publish the comments at the time,…

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