Before a large-scale “new catastrophe” in the United States there are “only a few days” left, the author of the publication in The New York Times is sure. The coronavirus pandemic that gave birth to a large-scale crisis will lead to another emergency, and the president will not be able to cope with the problem, journalist Paul Krugman said.
The correspondent notes that although it was not Donald Trump who generated the problems that the United States will still face, but he will have to fight them.
Krugman points out that in only one state of Florida, as many people have died from the coronavirus as in the entire European Union, where 20 times more people live.
He emphasizes that at first the presidential administration preferred to simply deny the fact that the new coronavirus infection is a serious threat to the state, after it began to reject warnings that the rapid abolition of quarantine would inevitably lead to a new outbreak of the disease. He called the actions of the Republican governors “reluctant” and “slow”, and the White House reproached the absence of any measures at all.
According to the journalist, the country is on the verge of economic disaster. About 22 million people in the United States were left without work due to the pandemic. The government support provided by the authorities during the epidemic became a “life buoy” for many citizens.
At the same time, the author of the publication noted that insurance against unemployment in the country is a weak protection, since the losses of workers are not covered. In most cases, those laid off will only be able to receive a small portion of their previous salary. At the same time, he notes that the CARES Act, developed and passed by a bipartisan majority – providing for the provision of emergency assistance to the economy in the amount of a record $ 2.2 trillion – still helped to alleviate the economic consequences of the pandemic. However, Krugman points out that there were significant shortcomings both in the development and implementation of the bill.
Note that against the backdrop of the pandemic, Europeans have become disillusioned with the United States as a world leader. They lost confidence in the country as they watched Donald Trump deal with the crisis.