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COVID-19 was Trump’s ‘first significant test — and he flunked it with flying colors’: Paul Krugman

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In a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman stated that Donald Trump coasted for the first three years of his presidency on a solid economy and high employment numbers left to him by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, but when faced with the first real crisis of administration, he fell flat on his face.

With the president’s approval numbers plummeting to new lows and Republican lawmakers fearful that he is leading them into a November election wipe-out, Krugman said that they shouldn’t be surprised because they have been walking a tightrope with the inexperienced and volatile Trump since he assumed office in January of 2017.

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According to the New York Times columnist, it took the coronavirus pandemic — and the Trump administration’s bungling of it that has led to 130,000 U.S. deaths, massive unemployment and a crippled economy — to Republicans in a corner over Trump with nowhere to go.

“One thing you can sense from Republicans is an outraged sense of injustice — how dare the world throw Covid-19 at them, when things seemed to be going so well? But the real surprise is that it took this long for Trump to face a real crisis, ” Krugman tweeted before adding, “Every other modern president faced some kind of external challenge during his first three years. Obama took office amid a financial crisis. Whatever you think of his response, GW Bush faced 9/11. Clinton faced stubbornly high unemployment, Bush the elder Saddam Hussein.”

In Trump’s case, Krugman asserted, he failed the crisis test in spectacular fashion with the economist sharing a graphic showing plunging labor numbers.

He then graded out the president, tweeting, “In other words, Covid-19 was his first significant test. And he flunked it with flying colors.”

You can see his tweets below:

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The NYPD said Kawaski Trawick’s killing ‘appears to be justified’ — but revealed video shows officers escalated the situation

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Kawaski Trawick was shot and killed in his Bronx apartment by a New York Police Department officer on April 14, 2019. The NYPD said Trawick had charged at officers with a knife. Video of the shooting shows the officers had escalated the situation — and that one officer then shot Trawick over his more-experienced partner’s objections.

While the NYPD has never released video of the shooting, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office released footage of it last month, along with a detailed report. ProPublica separately obtained parts of the videos.

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The View’s Ana Navarro drops the hammer on election challenge: ‘One more Trump fraud’

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"The View" co-host Ana Navarro called out President Donald Trump's efforts to undermine U.S. democracy as just another "grift."

The president's efforts to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden have set Republicans against each other in Georgia, where both Senate seats -- and the GOP majority -- remain up for grabs in a Jan. 5 runoff.

"When your enemy is shooting themselves, don't get in the way," Navarro said. "Look, if I were [Sen. Kelly] Loeffler or [Sen. David] Perdue, frankly, I would draw the curtains, bolt the doors, shut off the lights and ask somebody to wake me up when he's gone."

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‘People are dying’: Reporter backs Trump advisor Larry Kudlow into a corner on president’s gross negligence

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Tensions ran high at an outdoor press conference Friday when a reporter asked White House advisor Larry Kudlow, "Where is the President?" and he replied, "I don't understand."

The reporter said, "2,000 people a day are dying of COVID. Where is the President's leadership?"

CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid reported from Washington, D.C. Friday and shared the tweet below. The responses flowed in from there.

https://twitter.com/PaulaReidCBS/status/1334889853276856322

https://twitter.com/CBSThisMorning/status/1334833494762147840?s=20

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