Report: Trump Worried Coronavirus Could Cost Him 2020 Election
While there are only 35 current cases of the coronavirus in the United States, the disease is on the mind of many. The Chinese government has continued to struggle to manage the coronavirus’s outbreak has disrupted to company politically and financially.
Donald Trump has continued to monitor the situation from the White House. According to Politico, the President and his administration are worried that coronavirus could spread throughout the US, creating a crisis that could cost Trump the 2020 election.
The President was criticized after his first comments about the spread of the disease. He told reporters in early February, “I had a long talk with President Xi — for the people in this room — two nights ago, and he feels very confident. He feels that, again as I mentioned, by April or during the month of April, the heat, generally speaking, kills this kind of virus.”
Politico also noted, “Meanwhile, the White House remains worried about growing economic risks, with Chinese production plunging in recent weeks and U.S. companies like Apple and Walmart with significant investments in the country reporting they’re taking financial hits. Senior officials fear that a sustained outbreak could slow global markets and upend a strong U.S. economy that has been central to Trump’s political pitch.”
And Raymond James’ analyst Chris Meekins explained, “The biggest current threat to the president’s reelection is this thing getting out of control and creating a health and economic impact.”