Perhaps somewhat predictably, a public health scare has become fodder for our nation’s political pontificators – and President Trump isn’t having it.
The COVID-19 strain of coronavirus has been rapidly unfurling itself around the globe in recent months, beginning with a wild and rapid outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Far East has been ravaged by the illness, with the global manufacturing machine taking a rather large hit as much of China’s working class are being effected by quarantines and concerns.
In Italy, a similar panic is setting in, with sporting events being canceled and the entire northern half of the nation now under a government-imposed watch.
The United States has been largely spared by the virus, however, thanks to our top class medical infrastructure and a rapid response by both the federal government and local municipalities.
President Trump himself has been largely defiant in the face of the outbreak, even going so far as to scoff at the idea of possibly rescheduling his reelection rallies.
The president struck a defiant tone as he spoke to reporters about the outbreak at his Mar a Lago resort in southern Florida, where he was hosting his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro.
“We will have tremendous rallies and we’re doing very well, and we’ve done a fantastic job with respect to that subject,” Trump responded when asked if his “Keep America Great” campaign events would continue.
Trump’s remarks came as the number of cases confirmed across the United States leapt past 400, with 19 deaths confirmed so far, mainly in the west coast state of Washington.
Meanwhile health authorities announced the first confirmed case in the nation’s capital — a Washington DC resident in his 50s with no history of international travel and no close contacts with anyone known to be infected.
And then, as if to add an exclamation point to his beliefs:
Asked if he was concerned that the virus had spread to within a few miles of the White House, Trump replied: “No, I’m not concerned at all.”
Democrats in the nation’s capital have repeatedly attempted to preemptively blame any future, hypothetical trouble with the virus on President Trump – a childish strategy that has been widely criticized by political observers.
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