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This is how Donald Trump's Presidency will be remembered

This is an excellent and well researched article describing how the coronavirus threat will come to define the Trump presidency. It documents the missed opportunities and blunders of the past two months when a much more competent President could have made a difference. IMHO, this article is a must read. Please read it before commenting.

 

From the article:

 

None of the crises surrounding President Donald Trump over the past three years has been as calamitous as the one he now faces. Impeachment was largely a political problem with a predictable end; the government shutdown wasn’t going to last indefinitely. But the coronavirus is something else entirely: a mortal siege. It could sink the economy and, under certain horrid scenarios, kill as many as 2 million Americans. It’s already made the country Trump leads in some ways unrecognizable.

 

A threat so grave handed Trump a history-making opportunity that eluded many of his predecessors. He’d become a wartime president, with a chance to refashion his legacy. That moment has come and is likely gone. For weeks, he downplayed the danger. He denied responsibility for a shortage of tests that are crucial to tracking the virus’s spread. Only in recent days did his administration begin exhorting Americans to avoid restaurants and stay home from school, steps that state and local officials have already been putting in place on their own.

 

“This is Trump’s Churchill moment,” Steve Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, told me. “This time will define his presidency.”

 

Last month, I wrote that the crisis was one that Trump seemed ill-prepared to meet. At the time, 15 cases were reported in the United States. With the tally now at 6,500 and counting, the reasons he’s faltered have sharpened. He elevates hyperbole over fact, seldom admits a mistake, and practices zero-sum politics. Though useful in his political ascent, these same instincts undermine the necessary mission of unifying a shaken country and rallying Americans stuck in their homes. And they make it difficult to see how the federal government can effectively lead the country out of this bog.

 

“There are times when you really need a president—and those are the ones that have forged our great presidents,” Doris Kearns Goodwin, the presidential historian, told me. “A crisis allows them to mobilize the country in ways that ordinary times do not. It’s not like a crisis allows you to become a great leader, but it offers the chance. It also offers the chance for great difficulty.”

 

Every so often, there’s a hint that Trump may understand the moment. Watching his news conference at the White House on Saturday, I felt surprised, in a good way, when he said, “We’re all in this together.” It’s an anodyne comment that any president might make. But coming from Trump, it sounded almost like an epiphany. Relief was fleeting. An enduring pattern of the Trump presidency has been that his magnanimity never lasts. Inevitably, his grievances resurface and he reverts to the hard-edged partisanship that feels utterly inappropriate during a crisis of this scale. Here, that took only a day.

 

With schools and churches shutting down, he took aim Sunday at Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and that top-of-mind scandal: Hillary Clinton’s emails. More recently, he’s toggled between praise and criticism of New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, whose administration is battling the largest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country. Cuomo’s state has been collaborative (Saturday). Cuomo needs to “do more” (Monday). Cuomo is doing “a really good job” (Tuesday).

 

“Could he change? Yeah. But that would require a personality transplant,” John Podesta, the former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton and an adviser to Barack Obama, told me.

 

As the number of cases has grown, the White House’s approach has seemed improvised, as ever. Trump first tapped his secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar, to head the coronavirus task force, but then moved Azar aside and made Vice President Mike Pence the public face. Needing more help for Pence, his chief of staff, Marc Short, approached Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and influential senior adviser, on March 11 and asked him to get involved, an administration official told me.

 

Kushner has since helped shape the administration’s response, redirecting aides who were working on a Middle East peace plan and other projects and corralling officials from other agencies to assist the task force. He urged Trump to invoke a national emergency and to preside over the regular press briefings now taking place, the administration official said.

 

“This is the top priority,” Peter Navarro, a Trump trade adviser and member of the task force, told me. “There is no other priority. Everybody in the administration gets it. And everybody who didn’t get it gets it now.”

 

Inside Trump’s orbit, though, there’s still no clear consensus on the wreckage the virus will cause—not to mention what, exactly, the federal government should be doing to stop it. Trump now concedes that a recession may hit. But even his former advisers offer a more ominous forecast. Kevin Hassett, who chaired Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, told CNN on Monday that the chances of a global recession are “close to 100 percent.” Next month, the U.S. economy could show a loss of 1 million jobs, he said.

 

Read the entire article at this link:

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/03/trumps-instincts-undermine-us-response-to-covid... 

 
Honored Social Butterfly

In the Alternate Reality of Fox/Trump World, he's the perfect person to lead America through this crisis!

Trusted Social Butterfly

 

The coronavirus threat is the defining moment of the Trump presidency. Forget impeachment. Forget everything else, this is his defining moment and issue. This is where great Presidents are made and mediocre Presidents are destroyed. It is during major crises where the character and personality of the President comes forth and makes history.

 

Unfortunately for the United States: Trump is clearly the wrong person at the wrong time. His history as a self promoting and self serving individual is now making what was a very manageable situation into a major disaster. The effects of how Donald Trump at first downplayed the threat and allowed events to get ahead of him will be long lasting.

 

Sure, we will get through all this. But Trump's downplaying of the threat early on as well as attempting to politicize this crisis has exacerbated it. For all practical purposes, within a matter of a few weeks the economy of the United States has gone into a standstill. Entire industries are shut down. The stock market is in a free fall. The entire gains in the stock market since Trump became President have been erased.

 

To say that the country is in a recession is an understatement. Trump and congress are proposing a trillion dollar stimulus act. That totally dwarfs the stimulus act that President Obama asked for eleven years ago during the great recession.

 

This will ultimately become Donald Trump's legacy. This coronavirus threat will subside, but not because of anything Trump has done. If anything, Trump made it much worse.

 

One could be critical of China's government. But now there are reports that in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, things are returning to normal with no new cases being reported. This is just three months after the virus was identified in December. The economy in China likely will return to normal soon.

 

How long will it be before the United States economy fully recovers from this coronavirus pandemic? I am not optimistic that it will not fully recover until next year.

 

Please keep this in mind when you vote for President this November. You are electing the person who will lead this nation for the next four years. No one can predict whether a major crisis will come. Whether it is the threat of a pandemic, a depression, a terrorist attack or a war; the President is the person who must lead the nation.

 

No one can predict what will happen over the next four years. A good President rises to the occasion. A mediocre or bad President only makes matters worse. Ultimately Donald Trump's presidency will be judged by history and IMHO it will not be good.

Honored Social Butterfly

History will remember ToadPOTUS as the twit who ceded American World Leadership to Russia and China and who presided over the greatest mass death in American History as his love of money over people kill over 500,000 Americans in less than six months and destroyed the economy for a decade.

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