Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Trump Playbook Is Only Making a Drama out of the Coronavirus Crisis

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Trump Playbook Is Only Making a Drama out of the Coronavirus Crisis

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DESPITE Donald Trump once boasting he finished "top of the class" at university, his own professor William Kelley reportedly called him "the dumbest goddam student I ever had".

But with a string of failed businesses and bankruptcies behind him, it seems it was the academic who was correct as the only skill the President apparently learned while at Wharton Business School was how to avoid the military draft.

Roll forward 50 odd years and Trump has also shown, since coming to power, that he possesses the spelling capability of a 10-yearold.

So it isn't easy to imagine a dictionary is currently sitting on his desk in the Oval Office.

One reference guide that clearly is, however, is the Trump crisis playbook, the pages of which must be more thumbed than the Pope's Bible.

Reading like a biography, it has given the world insight after insight into the man he is.

To date, it has shown how to lie and deceive, bully both political friends - to keep them in check - and potential foes - to prevent them from talking, as well as the art of deflection.

Other chapters include spinning conspiracy theories, dismissing serious matters as "hoaxes" and "witch hunts" or more latterly "presidential harassment".

The playbook also covers taking credit for others' work, none more so than for the economy as it purrs along.

But one thing it cannot answer is how to deal with the coronavirus.

Unlike a member of his staff or his Republican party, a virus cannot be bullied. It doesn't care about the presidential performance or poll numbers.

Neither does it pay any consideration to whether he describes his handling of its presence as "perfect".

But most concerning for Trump is not the rising death toll in the States, but the impact it is having on his number one re-election policy - the economy.

Trump has requested only £1.95bn to tackle Covid-19 - far less than the £11.7bn his experts, whose warnings he has rubbished, say is needed.

As the spread of the "caronavirus" as he spells it looms large, the President placed his fall guy, sorry I mean his deputy, in charge. …

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