DC insiders are worried Trump might have a coronavirus quid pro quo up his sleeve

‘It’s worse than 9/11, it’s worse than Pearl Harbor’

President Donald Trump speaks during a ‘Evangelicals for Trump’ campaign event held at the King Jesus International Ministry on January 03, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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Andrew Feinberg
Washington DC
@AndrewFeinberg
4 hours ago

More than 1,000 Americans have now died from the illness the World Health Organization has dubbed Covid-19, and almost 75,000 have been infected.

Additionally, more than 3.3 million Americans have now been put out of work by the social distancing measures which medical experts have found to be the only reliable method of slowing the spread of the virus.

Those 75,000 coronavirus cases span all 50 states, and experts say the pandemic will soon overwhelm the nation’s healthcare system.

The strain on hospitals could lead to the sort of healthcare rationing and de facto “death panels” which Republicans claimed would be the inevitable result of the Obama administration’s attempt to bring about universal coverage.

But Donald Trump isn’t interested in any of that.

In recent days, the president’s public appearances have taken the form of press briefings, delivered before a pared-down audience of reporters from select media outlets curated by the White House Correspondents’ Association.

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