Here’s my latest essay for CounterPunch about Trump and COVID-19. As I mention in passing, The coronavirus lays bare on an almost daily basis the litany of faults and weaknesses of Donald Trump and the country he was elected to lead. I focus on the former; it’s best to save the latter for another article or more.
As the title indicates, there is also a Viet Nam angle, e.g., Those who live in Viet Nam, both Vietnamese and expats, can be grateful they live in a country whose leadership has taken action that shows concern for the health and welfare of the people and that has acted swiftly in the spirit of collective consent and action. The contrast with Donald Trump and his administration couldn’t be starker or grimmer.
Here’s how both countries are doing, as of the evening of 17 April 2020, local (Viet Nam) time:
Confirmed cases: 268
Deaths: 0 (!)
Active cases: 70
Confirmed cases: 678,210
Active cases: 585,725
Shalom (שלום), MAA