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Uneven performance by Trump in 'wartime president' role

Mar 21, 2020 - The Washington Post

President Trump was reeling from one of his worst weeks ever: The novel coronavirus was killing Americans, wrecking the economy and subsuming him and his presidency.

But in the pandemic, Trump saw an opportunity to cast himself in a new role: "Wartime president," as he later dubbed it. Aides noted that Trump was punctual for last Saturday's White House task force meeting, donning a navy "USA" cap and - instead of simply watching as Vice President Pence and the assembled health officials br...