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Global Leadership Is in Quarantine Just When It Is Needed Most

U.S. President Donald J. Trump declares the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Contrasting the current pandemic with past crises underscores U.S. President Donald J. Trump's abdication of global leadership.

March 23, 2020

U.S. President Donald J. Trump declares the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
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In my weekly column for World Politics Review, I contrast U.S. President Donald J. Trump's unilateral approach to COVID-19 with past presidents' multilateral approaches to global crisis management.

President Donald Trump has been pilloried for jeopardizing thousands of American lives through his delayed domestic response to COVID-19. His failure of global leadership, however, has been equally glaring. Rather than rallying other nations in a collective effort, he has doubled down on his “America First” instincts, as if a purely national approach could defeat a global pandemic. The contrast with his immediate predecessors is stark.

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Read the full World Politics Review article here.

More on:

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

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Diplomacy and International Institutions

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G20 (Group of Twenty)

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