In early 2020 the president obsessed over his trade deal with the Chinese to placate disaffected Midwestern farmers. Reports of a threatening virus bothered him not at all.
S.V. Dáte is the author of The Useful Idiot: How Donald Trump Killed the Republican Party With Racism and the Rest of Us With Coronavirus. He is a senior White House correspondent at HuffPost and the author of five novels and two political biographies, including one of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He has been a journalist for three decades, with stints at the Associated Press, the Palm Beach Post, National Journal and NPR. He is a bluewater sailor, with 35,000 ocean miles, including a two-year trip aboard a 44-foot cutter with his two sons, as they sailed across the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, and back via the Caribbean. More info at svdate.com.