Coronavirus: No Social Distancing for a Touch Trump Desperate for His Churchillian Moment | US News


It was his first public outing in three weeks and Donald Trump clearly wanted to send a message to America about it – you can and will get back to normal.

What is normal is of course. Perhaps Trump’s visit to Arizona was most striking for his rich ironic celebration from the moment he got off the plane.

President Trump offers his hand to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey before withdrawing it
President Trump offers his hand to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey before removing it

Apparently forgetting or ignoring the social distancing that his administration touted, Mr. Trump reached out to Governor Doug Ducey. Whether it was his idea of ​​a slight relief or a mistake, he quickly opted for a pat on the arm instead. Not that a health expert recommends it.

The President was in Phoenix to visit the Honeywell factory, which was recently converted to produce protective masks. And yet, the president chose not to wear it. As he visited the site, eagle-eyed cameras picked up the sign telling all workers to make sure they did.

But perhaps this should not be surprising. Trump has never been seen wearing a face covering in public. His vice president also chose not to wear one when he went to the Mayo Clinic, but later, in the midst of a backlash, he said he should have.

President Donald Trump listens to Tony Stallings, vice president of Honeywell's integrated supply chain, while Stallings shows him a protective mask during a visit to Honeywell's manufacturing facilities for facial masks for the epidemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, May 5, 2020
Masked Donald Trump visits Honeywell mask factory

The final irony of the day came in the accompanying soundtrack. As the President gazed questioningly at the N95 masks, Guns N ‘Roses’ Live and Let Die sprang from the speakers.

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It was like a rally. But I guess that was the whole problem – it must have felt like a militant back in the campaign lawsuit – determined to bring America back to the good old days before COVID.

There have, however, been some subtle changes, perhaps some signs of an internal strategy overhaul.

In his exclusive interview with ABC News, Mr. Trump said his message to the bereaved families was “I love you”.

He was severely criticized for not showing enough empathy or compassion during this crisis. It at least seemed like a recognition that he had to show it. Not a large pendulum pendulum that changes a lot, but three words that we may not have expected to hear from him and that perhaps we would not hear from many presidents.

It’s up to the states to decide when they will reopen. Some have already started – with more or less caution. It is the product of a federal system and American individualism.

But Mr. Trump has a huge role to play in the coming months and an increasing death toll (with more than 70,000 dead) to contend with.

The country is at the dawn of perhaps the most difficult and risky stage of this pandemic. The President believes that the economy must and will begin to recover.

He wants people to feel optimistic again – to provide some sort of Churchillian elevation.

He is obviously no stranger to big risks – but if he is wrong, America is bleeding, just when it is so desperately in need of healing.


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