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Paul Krugman: Trump Flunked His First Major Test

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 July 2020 01:37 PM

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman slammed President Donald Trump in a series of tweets on Tuesday, writing that “Covid-19 was his first significant test. And he flunked it with flying colors.”

Krugman noted that “One thing you can sense from Republicans is an outraged sense of injustice - how dare the world throw Covid-19 at them, when things seemed to be going so well? But the real surprise is that it took this long for Trump to face a real crisis.”

The economist explained that “Every other modern president faced some kind of external challenge during his first three years. Obama took office amid a financial crisis. Whatever you think of his response, GW Bush faced 9/11. Clinton faced stubbornly high unemployment, Bush the elder Saddam Hussein.”

In contrast, Krugman wrote, “Trump inherited a nation at peace, with a steadily growing economy. Until this March he could just sit on top of a smoothly moving train and claim that he was driving it."

Raw Story pointed out that Krugman, who has been a consistent critic of Trump throughout his administration, wrote the tweets as the president’s approval ratings have dropped significantly among many surveys as the pandemic continued.

In addition, Trump has been coming up second to presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden in a wide number of polls recently, including in vital swing states that the president won in the 2016 election.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman slammed President Donald Trump in a series of tweets on Tuesday, writing that "Covid-19 was his first significant test. And he flunked it with flying colors." Krugman noted that "One thing you can sense from Republicans is an...
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