Donald Trump, wartime leader

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Donald Trump has become a wartime president, striving to lead the nation in a life-and-death struggle against an unprecedented, invisible enemy now estimated to be likely to kill at least 100,000 Americans. And that’s the best case at the moment.

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Donald Trump has become a wartime president, striving to lead the nation in a life-and-death struggle against an unprecedented, invisible enemy now estimated to be likely to kill at least 100,000 Americans. And that’s the best case at the moment.

At a press briefing yesterday where that frightening statistic was announced, Mr. Trump channeled his inner Churchill. He spoke candidly about the dangers ahead, led his COVID-19 task force in explaining the comprehensive steps it is taking to minimize such losses and fielded mostly hostile questions from the White House press corps.

One such query prompted President Trump to characterize his style of leadership as fundamentally optimistic. Despite the abundant bad news, he sees his job as one of holding out hope, not promoting despair, exhorting us and showing us how to respond responsibly and, thereby, defeat the pandemic enemy.

Godspeed, Mr. President.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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