Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Trump Administration’s Handling Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Call For Better U.S. Leadership

USA TODAY: Trump’s dangerous isolationism weakens USA and strengthens our adversaries: Retired generals
Retired Maj. Gen. Michael R. Lehnert, former commander of Marine Corps Installations West, and Retired Lt. Gen. Richard L. Kelly, former deputy commandant for the Marine Corps Installations and Logistics; both affiliated with National Security Leaders for Biden

“…Our friends and allies, and many Americans, are stunned by the lack of U.S. leadership and cooperation in even taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously much less developing and leading a national strategy. How could the richest nation, with the finest medical and scientific resources at hand, fail so miserably? And why would our national leadership, which served as a world leader for nearly a century, not want to be a world leader in a fight that has killed more than a million people, infected 43 million and shown no sign of retreat? … Americans have an opportunity to change the trajectory of the reckless and perilous path our nation has taken toward isolationism and, in the shorter term, defeat COVID-19. We have a moral obligation to return America to a leadership position in partnership with other nations to get us through the crisis at hand, restore international cooperation and respect, and above all to maintain peace and prosperity” (10/26).

Washington Post: Trump is right: He can’t contain the virus. But a better president could.
Editorial Board

“It did not have to be this way. The United States, endowed with wealth, brains, advanced biomedical researchers, and a robust biotech industry, did not have to end up as the nation with the highest death toll from the coronavirus. Yet last week the country was again shattering U.S. one-day records for new cases — and the White House was responding as it has from the start, in pathetic surrender. … Europe, too, is suffering a second wave of infections. But instead of sitting on their hands, leaders are responding with alacrity. … Until [a vaccine is available], virus hot spots need a rapid response, including temporary shutdowns where necessary to slow transmission. A nationwide mask mandate would help immensely. Shortages in personal protective equipment must be alleviated. Once the raging community spread is reduced, a massive drive to test, trace, and isolate the sick could begin to keep infections at a low level. All of this will require leadership — which is another way of saying it will require a different president” (10/26).

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