Tuesday June 2, 2020

A virus out of control and a president out of his depth

Every time Donald Trump spoke on the Covid-19 crisis last week, the stock markets plunged by another point

15th March, 2020
US president Donald Trump declares a national emergency due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic outside the White House Picture: Getty

Rule number one when grappling with a deadly global pandemic: do not put a vice-president who gives the impression of being on a not particularly effective life support system in charge.

Rule number two: do not allow the President of the United States anywhere near a microphone. With every syllable uttered by Donald Trump on the coronavirus last week, the stock market dropped by another point and America’s jaw dropped even further.


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