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Sun May 17, 2020, 01:58 PM

Must Read Financial Times Article: Inside Trump's Coronavirus Meltdown

When the history is written of how America handled the global era’s first real pandemic, March 6 will leap out of the timeline. That was the day Donald Trump visited the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. His foray to the world’s best disease research body was meant to showcase that America had everything under control. It came midway between the time he was still denying the coronavirus posed a threat and the moment he said he had always known it could ravage America.

Shortly before the CDC visit, Trump said “within a couple of days, [infections are] going to be down to close to zero”. The US then had 15 cases. “One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” A few days afterwards, he claimed: “I’ve felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” That afternoon at the CDC provides an X-ray into Trump’s mind at the halfway point between denial and acceptance.

We now know that Covid-19 had already passed the breakout point in the US. The contagion had been spreading for weeks in New York, Washington state and other clusters. The curve was pointing sharply upwards. Trump’s goal in Atlanta was to assert the opposite.

Wearing his “Keep America Great” baseball cap, the US president was flanked by Robert Redfield, head of the CDC, Alex Azar, the US secretary of health and human services, and Brian Kemp, governor of Georgia. In his 47-minute interaction with the press, Trump rattled through his greatest hits.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/97dc7de6-940b-11ea-abcd-371e24b679ed

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SouthernCal_Dem May 2020 OP
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ProfessorGAC May 2020 #2
renate May 2020 #3
Hermit-The-Prog May 2020 #4

Response to SouthernCal_Dem (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 02:39 PM

1. Everyone, including Trump loyalists in private, thinks Trump is a danger to the country

Yet without exception, everyone I interviewed, including the most ardent Trump loyalists, made a similar point to Conway. Trump is deaf to advice, said one. He is his own worst enemy, said another. He only listens to family, said a third. He is mentally imbalanced, said a fourth. America, in other words, should brace itself for a turbulent six months ahead – with no assurance of a safe landing.

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Sun May 17, 2020, 02:45 PM

2. Wow!

That's quite the piece.
Great summation.

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Sun May 17, 2020, 03:18 PM

3. The source makes this a great article to send to Republicans

My uncle votes Republican because he has lots of money; he’d be open to the information in this article because it’s in the Financial Times.

He loathes Trump by now, but he certainly didn’t at first. And I think he still doesn’t blame Trump for the mismanagement of the pandemic because of how badly other governments have done. This article might persuade him that the death and misery could have been mitigated with a competent and sane person in charge.

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Sun May 17, 2020, 04:10 PM

4. A quote that stands out ...

America is first in the world in deaths, first in the world in infections and we stand out as an emblem of global incompetence.

William Burns, former US diplomat

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