MATT WALSH (HOST): Now I don't think that preventing a panic is a good reason for a public official to lie. If you're going to accept that excuse from the government for lying, then you can't ever criticize the government for lying because that's always the excuse for lying from the government.
But on the other hand, I don't think that Trump actually was lying, necessarily. I think that what you heard there was more a reflection of Trump's limited vocabulary than anything else. He said, "play it down". but in the context, it seemed like he really meant to say something like "allay fears" or something like that. It probably would have caught his meaning a little bit better I think.