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– As is well known, a statement of error in Washington DC is when you get hurt for telling the truth, says Hilmar Mjelde.

White House President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, made a startling statement in a CNN interview on Sunday.

While the president himself has warned that he will soon get control of the coronary pandemic, and that a vaccine is probably just around the corner, Meadows said outright that they will not get control of the pandemic.

“We are not going to get control of the pandemic,” Meadows told CNN’s State of the Union program.

– It is a contagious disease, just like the flu, said the chief of staff.

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– Raises the white flag

Democrat challenger Joe Biden thus believes that the White House has acknowledged defeat and is raising the white flag. Biden also says that Meadows’ statements testify that the Trump administration “has given up its fundamental duty to protect the American people.”

So far, 225,000 corona deaths have been confirmed in the United States. No other country has such high death rates. On Saturday, the United States had a daily record of 83,718 detected new cases of infection. The previous daily record was 16 July with 77,362 new cases of infection in one day.

There is no doubt that the corona pandemic is the most important election campaign issue in 2020. With just over a week away from election day, Trump has few positive coron news to point to.

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– Can slow down any tailwinds

Senior researcher Hilmar Mjelde at the NORCE research center, says that the statement from Meadows could potentially be harmful to Trump.

– It can conceivably slow down the possible tailwind Trump may have in the last week. In 2016, we saw that the election was decided by a voter walk in the direction of Trump at the last minute, Mjelde tells Nettavisen.

That said, there is hardly room for more factors to influence the election outcome this year. The election is what in political science is called “overdetermined” – there have been so many major events that individually can decide the election. As is well known, a statement of error in Washington DC when you get hurt is to tell the truth. Trump’s pandemic handling has been very deficient – it will go down in the history books as a failure in line with Herbert Hoover’s awkwardness before the Depression, says Mjelde.

Hoover was president during the stock market crash of 1929, which would mark his entire presidency. He was not re-elected.

Click on the image to enlarge. Hilmar Mjelde is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Information and Media Studies at the University of Bergen.

Hilmar Mjelde follows the US election with an arguing eye.
Photo: Gerhard Flaaten

– Korona is immune to political pressure

Mjelde believes that Trump clearly lacks political experience to be able to implement necessary key measures that could limit the spread of the pandemic.

– Trump was uniquely suited to deal with the pandemic crisis. The coronavirus is immune to political pressure, which is Trump’s primary tactic for solving a problem. The United States had needed a driven statesman who knew how the United States’ formidable federal state could be deployed, and a president who did not leave the response to the states, he says.

– Reagan was not a statesman genius either. But he had the sense to appoint a super-competent chief of staff, Jim Baker. Trump has never let his staff work fully, says Mjelde.

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Baker had worked for both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He was the campaign manager for the Bush seniors’ nomination election in 1980, which lost to Ronald Reagan. However, he was immediately appointed Chief of Staff of the White House by Reagan. He has since held ministerial posts under both Reagan and Bush senior.

Mark Meadows has been a member of the House of Representatives from 2013 to 2020. He was considered Trump’s most loyal ally in Congress. He was appointed Chief of Staff of the White House in early 2020.


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