Virginia lawmakers are reacting after released audio recordings of President Trump speaking about the COVID-19 pandemic.

In taped interviews for a new book by journalist Bob Woodward, President Trump admitted back in February he was purposely playing down just how serious the virus was.

“It’s a hard pill to swallow – the President of the United States knowingly misled the American people to believe we were safer than we were, and 180,000 Americans died,” said Senator Mark Warner, (D) Virginia.