Almost on a daily basis, President Donald Trump is trying to convince us that America is #1 in everything, and even more so regarding the fight against the coronavirus. He says, however, that his political enemies refuse to acknowledge it.
The efforts to convey the optimistic message of the President to finally reopen the economy, something that of course we would all like, have stumbled with the development that even the White House is not safe.
For the first time since the outbreak of the virus, White House officials who attended the press conference in the Rose Garden wore masks. (At this press conference, the following also happened for the first time in Trump's presidency: the President, pressured by questions from two journalists, and seeing that the others were not asking him questions that would help him change the subject, got up and left).
A document addressed to White House staff stated:
“As an additional layer of protection, we are requiring everyone who enters the West Wing to wear a mask or face covering.”
President spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany explained, "I can just tell you that we are taking all necessary measures to protect the president.”
But our President is still not wearing a mask, thus setting a bad example and perhaps encouraging the people who are reacting violently when they are told to do so.
This is despite the fact that new scientific evidence shows that masks protect us more from the virus than was previously known.
He obviously wants to present a positive, optimistic message, but even yesterday's congressional hearings with epidemiologists were held by teleconference.
Polls are showing that the epidemic has further exacerbated the problem of the President's credibility.
So, even though everything he does is certainly not wrong, by distorting many of the issues and facts, he loses credit for even the things he does that are right.
Greece also suffered from a lack of leadership credibility – when Tsipras was Prime Minister. Yesterday, however, Paul Krugman, Princeton's Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, wrote: “Crushing the curve isn’t easy, but it’s very possible. In fact, many other countries, from South Korea to New Zealand to, believe it or not, Greece have already done it."
The words are few, but they are priceless.