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Editorial

The POTUS and the Virus

Dramatic, unpredictable developments like the illness of the President have the potential to alter the course of history – for better or for worse.

Such is the power of the President of the United States and so great can be the consequences of such an event. Inside and outside the country.

They are reporting that his symptoms are mild. I hope so. In any case, this insidious disease will put him on the sidelines for a few – at best – days. The timing is especially unfortunate given all of the great problems America is facing within and outside its borders. The U.S. president has many matters he must pay attention to – the Greek-Turkish crisis being among them.

The country has entered a new, largely unprecedented situation.

It was already facing a series of crises.

And the lack of strong personalities at the top of the political scene at such critical moments becomes even more noticeable than before.

With the President sick, the prevailing political division makes the governance of the country even more difficult.

The President's health is a matter of national security. That is why he is guarded by an entire army of Secret Service agents. That is why he is always accompanied by a doctor, wherever he is.

Unfortunately, as is well known, President Trump has displayed arrogance during the Coronavirus pandemic. There was ample evidence that even in the West Wing of the White House, where his office is located, his virus protection measures were not what they should have been.

And of course, he politicized the issue over the use of the mask, despite the opinions of scientists that it is necessary for protecting against the Coronavirus. He held a number of large political rallies, endangering himself and others.

In the end, it turned out that the virus does not distinguish between the most powerful man on earth, the President of the United States, and others. All of us as humans are equal in the ‘eyes’ of the virus.

But the consequences of infection are different.

America had already lost much of its prestige on the international stage. Many have said the world’s leading country has started acting like a ‘banana’ republic, a third world country.

The President's illness worsens this picture.

Let us hope that he will get well very soon and that he return to his duties.

And let us also hope that the case of his illness becomes a lesson to all of us, and that we will strictly follow the measures recommended by scientists: masks, social distancing, hand-washing.

 

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