Quantcast
Connect with us

How the coronavirus has infected Trump’s presidency — and is spreading throughout the global economy

Published

on

Thanks for your support!
This article was paid for by reader donations to Raw Story Investigates.

This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here.

Dana Kennedy
Dana Kennedy

Nobody saw this coming. Turns out it may not be Bernie, Mike, Joe, Liz, Pete—or even Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff—who bring down Donald Trump.

While it’s still early, there are indications that the coronavirus is the pandemic that could torpedo, among other things, the booming economy Trump has always taken credit for and assumed would sweep him back into office in 2020.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 2000 points Monday and Tuesday on coronavirus-fueled. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control warned Americans that they should “work with us to prepare for the expectation that this could be bad” and outlined how schools and businesses should prepare if the virus spreads. San Francisco announced a state of emergency Tuesday.

Borders Closed

Stocks plunged overseas as well and Europe remained on alert for possible border closures, especially between France and Italy.

Trump wrote on Twitter, however, that there was nothing to worry about: The virus, he said, “is very much under control in the USA. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Trump’s National Security Director Larry Kudlow echoed Trump’s good cheer when he told CNBC Tuesday that the U.S. has “contained the virus.”

“I won’t say [it’s] airtight,” he said, “but it’s pretty close to airtight…. There will be some stumbles. We’re looking at numbers, it’s a little iffy.”

ADVERTISEMENT

‘Human Tragedy’

Kudlow called COVID19 a “human tragedy’ but pointedly said it was not likely to be an “economic tragedy.”

More than 80,000 people have been infected and at least 2,700 have died as a result of the virus around the world. If the CDC is right and COVID19 hits the U.S. with any severity, the fallout will likely point up Trump’s decision in 2018 to essentially disband the government’s pandemic response team just when many experts were saying the U.S. was not prepared for a pandemic or bioterrorism attack.

The nation’s top official for global health, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, left the administration suddenly in May 2018, just one month after billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates met with Trump and warned him there needed to be more U.S. funding into therapeutics and vaccines because of the risk of bioweapons and disease outbreaks.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump’s favorite Congressional Medal of Freedom recipient did all he could to back the president this week.

Limbaugh’s Take

“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Rush Limbaugh said Monday. “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. … Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”

ADVERTISEMENT

If only. New cases of COVID19 are being reported in Iran, South Korea, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia and the Canary Islands off Spain. China and at least 100 million of its people remain virtually in lockdown. Surgical masks (which may or may not help) are barely being kept in stock at pharmacies in France. New “premium,” Darth Vader-like facial masks are being advertised all over social media but once you drop $29 a piece on them, you learn they won’t come for two to six weeks.

Much of Twitter wasn’t on board with the Trump Administration’s insistence that all was well.  Some were trying to find a silver lining in what could be a terrifying unknown.

If #COVID19 causes Don Trump to lose in November,” read one tweet, “that would be the first known case of a disease conquering a disease.”

ADVERTISEMENT

This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump campaign ramps up smear campaign on Obama’s ebola czar for exposing the president’s COVID-19 bumbling: report

Published

on

Stung by a highly effective video he made for Vice President Joe Biden criticizing Donald Trump's response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the communications team working on the president's re-election is going after President Barack Obama's former ebola czar, Ron Klain.

Klain, who is now becoming a fixture on cable news, took part in a video ad touting the campaign of Biden, and used his expertise to rip into the Trump administration's efforts to deal with the national health crisis. That put a target on his back as the president's 2020 campaign team is trying to stem the damage that threatens the president's chances of being re-elected in November.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump ignored advice to tell country the coronavirus pandemic was ‘bad and could get very worse’ in early March: report

Published

on

According to a day-by-day examination of the White House efforts to get up to speed on dealing with the growing coronavirus pandemic that has now brought the country to an almost complete standstill, Politico reports that Donald Trump was advised in early March to warn the public things were about to get worse and chose to ignore that advice.

The report notes that the final realization about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 preceded the president's rare prime time address to the nation.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

Published

on

The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable.

The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and conspiracy theories about the outbreak.

So far, AFP has debunked almost 200 rumors and myths about the virus, but experts say stronger action from tech companies is needed to stop misinformation and the scale at which it can be spread online.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image