Meantime, the COVID-19 epidemic rages on in the United States taking its toll of deaths on America's most vulnerable as Trump continues his finger pointing exercise to divert attention away from the fact that the current US administration did absolutely nothing to prepare the country to cope with the epidemic (unlike several more savvy governments abroad).lzzrdgrrl wrote: ↑Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:55 pmFake news on Trump, China belies White House caution
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/fake-news ... e-caution/Politically that’s a win-win situation for the US president. By a 54-46 margins, Americans told the Harris Poll in early April that “China should be required to pay for the spread of the virus, while 72% said they thought China’s reporting of the impact of the epidemic was inaccurate. A Pew Survey found that 30% of Americans believe the virus was invented in laboratory. By leaving the door open to a popular conspiracy theory, Trump keeps his base motivated, although he insists that China acted in error. As the president said, “A mistake is a mistake.” It’s Virology Apprentice, expertly calibrated to serve diplomatic as well as campaign goals.
Even in recent weeks Trump has been busy attempting to sabotage the best efforts of several state governments to contain the virus for what seems quite selfish political point scoring reasons being totally unrepentent over his past sins of neglegance.
What infuriates me is that tens of millions of his supporters in the United States still refuse to open their eyes to how they have been hoodwinked by a hoaxter.
The US president has arrived at a position of contradiction and duplicity.lzzrdgrrl wrote: ↑Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:55 pmRe. China, it seems our POTUS reveals his power level....'>.....:
In short, Trump has few good options to make China pay, even if he were determined to do so. By attesting to China’s good faith while keeping discussion of a harsher response hypothetical, the US president has found a happy medium.