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Is This the Week That Trump Panics About Covid-19?

Dan Drezner asks, "Is the Trump administration prepared to cope with a pandemic?," via his Washington Post column.

At the end of last month, the hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts noted that President Trump has underreacted to crises during his presidency, a sharp contrast to his overreactions as a presidential candidate in 2015 and 2016. His response to the new coronavirus, now labeled covid-19, was typical of that trend, like when he claimed on CNBC, “We have it totally under control.”

This observation came with two warnings, however. First, ″Trump, now that he is president, wants to minimize any possible emergency that would blow back on him, rather than call attention to the possibility of something serious. … Trump hates to admit error, so he’s locked in now." Second, “If Trump starts to overcorrect to the coronavirus, the results are likely to be counterproductive.”

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