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.

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It's been a bad week at the office for President Trump. Not only have coronavirus cases in the US been soaring, but The New York Times' bombshell report alleging that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan has continued to make headlines. While details about the extent of the Russian bounty program — and how long it's been going on for — remain murky, President Trump now finds himself in a massive bind on this issue.

Here are three key questions to consider.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Yes, still in the middle of coronavirus, but thought I'd give you a couple of my thoughts on Russia. Part of the world that I cut my teeth on as a political scientist, way back in the eighties and nineties. And now Putin is a president for life, or at least he gets to be president until 2036, gets another couple of terms. The constitutional amendments that he reluctantly allowed to be voted on across Russia, passed easily, some 76% approval. And so now both in China and in Russia, term limits get left behind all for the good of the people, of course. So that they can have the leaders that they truly deserve. Yes, I'm being a little sarcastic here. It's sad to see. It's sad to see that the Americans won the Cold War in part, not just because we had a stronger economy and a stronger military, but actually because our ideas were better.

Because when those living in the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Block looked at the West, and looked at the United States, they saw that our liberties, they saw that our economy, was something that they aspired to and was actually a much better way of giving opportunities to the average citizen, than their own system afforded. And that helped them to rise up against it.

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Jon Lieber, managing director for the United States at Eurasia Group, provides his perspective on US politics:

How likely is bipartisan action against Russia in light of Taliban bounty reports?

I think it's probably unlikely. One of the challenges here is that there's some conflict of the intelligence and anything that touches on the issue of President Trump and Russia is extremely toxic for him. Republicans have so far been tolerant of that and willing to stop any new sanctions coming. I think unless the political situation or the allegations get much worse or more obvious, that stalemate probably remains.

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When hundreds of thousands of protesters in Ethiopia brought sweeping change to their government in 2018, many of them were blaring the music of one man: a popular young activist named Hachalu Hundessa, who sang songs calling for the liberation and empowerment of the Oromo, the country's largest ethnic group.

Earlier this week, the 34-year old Hundessa was gunned down in the country's capital, Addis Ababa.

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