If the Syrian refugee crisis fueled the global rise of nationalism, the COVID-19 crisis is an accelerant, leading to more localism as states and cities fend for themselves.
Most politicians try not to talk up how good things are going in the midst of mass human suffering. Donald Trump is not most politicians.
Kushner, who initially advised Trump that the media was exaggerating the threat, is now a liaison with business leaders, many of whom pushed for a hasty return to the workplace.
“We’ve been in this space a long time where there is a lot of misinformation that takes on a life of its own, and governments use it for propaganda purposes.”
The president can’t be silenced, but he can be immediately and unambiguously corrected by the networks and platforms that are amplifying him.
The Treasury Secretary not only secured a deal to keep the economy afloat, he managed to satisfy the president and congressional leadership in the process.
As the U.S. death toll reached 1,500, the president says he told the head of the White House’s coronavirus task force not to bother calling state governors in some hot spot areas.