Wednesday May 27, 2020

Victory still a long way off for embattled ‘wartime’ president

As the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaches, there is no sign that the US government has succeeded in reducing the toll the coronavirus is taking on lives and on the economy

24th May, 2020
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US president Donald Trump speaks speaks from the Truman balcony at the White House during the ‘Rolling to Remember Ceremony: Honoring Our Nations Veterans and POW/MIA PIcture: Getty

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the last weekend in May and signals the start of summer. The public holiday honours the 1.1 million American soldiers who have died in battle in the 244 years since the United States’ inception.

This year, it will mark another sombre statistic; by tomorrow (Monday May 25) the official number of Americans who have been killed by the coronavirus is expected to exceed 100,000, a benchmark that, only weeks ago, US...

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