(CNN) President Donald Trump dismissed questions from Pennsylvania voters about his handling of coronavirus, insisting he did act strongly to fight the pandemic and again denied he downplayed the situation despite saying so on tape.
"Well I didn't downplay it.
I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action," he claimed, responding to a question from an undecided voter at ABC's town hall that aired Tuesday night.
Last week, recordings of journalist Bob Woodward's conversations with Trump surfaced ahead of the release of Woodward's new book, "Rage."
As Trump made public appearances ensuring Americans that one day coronavirus would "just disappear," Trump was privately telling Woodward that the virus was deadlier than the flu.
And in mid-March, he told Woodward, "I wanted to always play it down."