Media Outlets Examine Differences In COVID-19 Strategies Between Trump, Biden, Issues For Development Community To Watch Before U.S. Presidential Election

The Atlantic: America Is About to Choose How Bad the Pandemic Will Get
“…As November nears, the coronavirus is surging again, with cases rising to record-breaking heights for the third time. To control the pandemic, changes are necessary, but Trump has proved that he does not learn from his mistakes—perhaps the most costly of his failings. If he is reelected, he will continue on the same path, and so will the coronavirus. More Americans will be sickened, disabled, and killed. Donald Trump is unchanging; the election offers an opportunity for the country to change instead…” (Yong, 10/28).

Devex: 5 things for the development community to watch in the U.S. election
“…From policy and reform to funding and COVID-19 response, the outcome of these elections will change the operating environment for U.S. global development efforts in important ways. Here are five issues at stake for U.S. global development in this presidential election — and the days, weeks, or even months after that…” (Saldinger/Igoe, 10/29).

Washington Post: In closing days, Trump and Biden push opposing pandemic strategies
“President Trump pushed ahead Wednesday with a strategy for the closing days of the campaign that minimizes the threat from the coronavirus pandemic, misstates his record in confronting it, and mocks Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s caution in campaigning amid a disease that has killed more than 225,000 Americans. Biden, during remarks in Delaware, blasted Trump for what he characterized as recklessness in handling the pandemic as Trump held crowded rallies in Arizona. With five days to go before Election Day on Nov. 3, the two candidates have crystallized opposing messages on a pandemic that has affected most aspects of American life, including voting…” (Gearan et al., 10/28).

The Atlantic examines why more than 80 percent of Republicans think Trump is doing a great job with the pandemic.

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