Those trying to fashion a deal for aid in the coronavirus have to deal with a temperamental president who can’t keep his volatile, childish temper under control.
As president, Trump believes he is still a self-proclaimed “super-salesman” and reality TV host. He makes big boasts and big promises but when the facts fall short, as they often do in his claims on the coronavirus pandemic, he lies a lot more.
The White House task force must work to get the facts out before Trump distorts the truth and creates more problems.
Washington, particularly Congress, hasn’t done big things for a long time, ground down by partisan infighting, polarizing extremes and an increasingly skeptical public.
The survey found that about 9 in 10 Americans say they’re washing their hands more frequently, roughly 7 in 10 are avoiding large groups and about 6 in 10 are avoiding touching their faces. Older Americans are especially likely to say they’re avoiding large groups, with 77% saying they’ve done that in response to the coronavirus.
The shift comes from a growing realization within the West Wing that the coronavirus crisis is an existential threat to Trump’s presidency, endangering his reelection and his legacy. That, as always, outweighs any concern about the people who face illness and death.