Six months today, Americans will wake up to a re-elected Donald Trump or a President-elect Joe Biden. Few will follow the upcoming 26-week campaign as closely as Europeans. Many Europeans say that, like Bobby Ewing’s shooting, they hope to wake up on November 5 and discover the last four years were a bad dream with things set to return to ‘normal’ under a President Biden. This is wishful thinking. Tensions between the US and the EU risk continuing – even growing – whoever wins the White House in six months.
Abe and Trump held talks by phone for about 45 minutes from around 10am (0100 GMT), Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. "Two leaders exchanged views on each country's COVID-19 situation, steps to prevent further spread of the virus, development of medicine."
The plan was bold. According to a seven-page contract published by The Washington Post, Silvercorp USA was going to charge $212.9 million for its services “backed/secured by Venezuelan barrels of oil.”
Trump and other administration officials claim that the virus, which many scientists say originally came from a bat, emerged from a Chinese government laboratory in Wuhan.
I have to admit, it took longer than I expected. For the men and women who surrounded President Trump and took no real precautions, coronavirus took a while to arrive.
“Go to China!”, a woman in Denver, Colorado, shouts at two hospital workers standing in front of her car to prevent her from taking part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown. Her cry is a sign that President Trump is having some success in demonising China: he says that that he has a “high degree of confidence” that the deadly virus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, though he cannot reveal the source of his information.
A coronavirus-fuelled Rural vs. Urban conflict is raging, and the death toll already surpasses five of the country’s most recent armed conflicts. The body count in what might be called the Second Civil War is now above 62,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Unless world-renowned medical experts like Anthony Fauci — the darling of the mainstream media and American political left, who too often is drawn into and diminished by Donald Trump’s outrageous reality show presidency — this increasingly un-civil conflict won’t come close to the circa 600,000 American soldiers who died in the first one.
Three members of the White House coronavirus task force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, placed themselves in quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, another stark reminder that not even one of the nation’s most secure buildings is immune from the virus.
Wall Street’s main indexes fell on Friday after President Donald Trump threatened to slap new tariffs on China over the coronavirus crisis, while a profit warning from Amazon added to the gloom.