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Woodward: China travel ban was NOT Trump’s idea [Video]

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Journalist Bob Woodward confirmed on the 'Today' show Monday that it wasn't President Donald Trump's idea to ban travel from China in late January.    

'It is very different and it's essential to the understanding,' Woodward told NBC's Savannah Guthrie, promoting his new book 'Rage,' which comes out Tuesday. 

In the book, Woodward writes that Trump was meeting with top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services Secretary Alexander Azar who recommended that the president ban travel from China in an effort to keep the coronavirus out. 

For months, the president suggested that he, alone, made the decision to ban travel from China on January 31 – and he did so against Fauci's advisement. 

'And you know, he's said numerous things: "Don't close of China. Don't ban China." And I did it anyway, I sort of didn't listen to my experts and I banned …

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