Donald Trump is concerned about a coronavirus pandemic, and his concern is “but how might this affect me?”
With the possibility of a U.S. outbreak growing by the day, Trump allies and advisers have grown increasingly worried that a botched coronavirus response will hit the U.S. economy. Even Donald Trump Jr. has mused to associates he hopes the White House does not screw up the response and put the president’s best reelection message at risk, said two individuals with knowledge of his comments.
“Trump’s reelection effort is so closely tied to the strength of the stock market and the economy,” said Moore, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and 2016 Trump campaign adviser. “Anything that shakes us off of that pro-growth track is a concern, but I think the view of officials in the White House is that this will be contained.”
“Once the virus is contained, the market will bounce right back,” Moore added.
One the one hand, this is a case where the president’s narrow self-interest and the national interest are theoretically aligned. On the other hand, the president has absolutely no idea what the hell he’s doing and has systematically weeded competent people out of his administration, so….