The Cost of Failed Presidential Leadership

"Trump lied. People died." That was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's succinct verdict on what we now know from Bob Woodward's detailed account -- including recordings of his interviews with the president -- of Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic starting in late January and early February. In his own public remarks since the contents of Woodward's book became known, the president has confirmed the noted author's account. Trump's excuse for lying? He didn't want to cause public "panic." That's a curious view of presidential leadership. A view, it's worth noting, that...

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