Trump cycles through targets to blame as COVID-19 pandemic deepens: US media

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CCTV+BATIE GHAR :Trump has cycled through a long list of possible scapegoats in an attempt to distract from his own administration’s missteps in slowing the spread of the coronavirus on American shores, said an article published by the Associated Press (AP) on Friday.

According to the article, the U.S. President Donald Trump is resorting to a familiar political strategy as he grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic: “deflect, deny and direct blame elsewhere”.

The media, Democratic governors, China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs, and the World Health Organization are all on his blame list.

The article said the effort is taking on more urgency during a once-in-a-century health crisis playing out just seven months before voters go to the polls.

Trump accused Democratic governors for alleged mismanagement at the front lines of the crisis, the media for hyping the threat of the virus and for not giving the administration credit for its response, the Obama administration for inadequate preparation, China for covering up worrisome health data, and now the WHO, from which Trump has threatened to withhold funding, according to the article.

Trump himself owns up to no mistakes, and declared that “I don’t take responsibility at all” for a lack of testing and “I couldn’t have done it any better”.

The article pointed out that in the face of extraordinary electoral headwinds, finding fault elsewhere has become the president’s directive for his allies, according to four White House officials and Republicans close to the White House.

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