Trump's Poor Response to National Protests, WHO Withdrawal Mid-COVID
Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent for Politico, provides his perspective on the big news in US politics:
How is the White House responding to the mass protests and riots happening nationwide?
Well, in no significant organized way. A lot of presidential tweets on all sides of the issue but leaning towards law and order and criticizing ANTIFA. He has not showed an inclination to try and heal the nation, which is not something that's in his nature. So, no real organized, clear response.
What does America gain and lose by leaving the W.H.O.?
Well, it really gains nothing by leaving. Risks losing access to clinical trials, possibly to drugs that would be helpful in the fight against coronavirus and certainly not going to help get a lot of answers on China's response. So, it's a spiteful thing that is not going to bring the United States a lot of good results.
Where is the US in the fight against the coronavirus?
Well, we are up and down. We are doing well in the Northeast, in New Jersey and Connecticut and New York, cases going down, things looking better. But some places in the Midwest like Wisconsin and elsewhere, cases on the rise. So, we do not have it beaten and there is some risk of further outbreaks and spread from all of these riots and people not social distancing.