Key Focus

  • A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
    "If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone," Eisenhower wrote.
    There's no comparison to Trump's statement on Friday over the slow availability of coronavirus testing kits.
    "I don't take responsibility at all," the President said.
    There aren't many historical examples of Roosevelt and Lincoln repeatedly praising their own genius and achievements either.
    A better historical analogy for Trump
    NYC mayor slams Trump's response to coronavirus outbreak 02:25
    Raising allusions to war leaders could also come back to damage Trump should deficiencies in his administration hamper what is shaping up to be a prolonged fight against the pandemic
  • All while in a wheelchair.
    War leaders are also masterful rhetoricians: As legendary American World War II correspondent Ed Murrow said of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill -- "he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle."
    Trump's image makers will surely use the President assumptions of a warlike mantle to try to shape his reelection race that will unfold alongside the coronavirus emergency.
    It's probably not a fair comparison to stand Trump alongside two men regularly nominated by historians as the greatest presidents
  • Andrew Cuomo on "The Situation Room" on CNN.
    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also praised the move.
    "I am glad the President invoked the Defense Production Act because what it can do is give the President power to mobilize industry in this country to do what is necessary to deal with this enemy we are confronting," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
    The concept of a war, with its implied imagery of a unified home front working to defeat a common foe alongside a huge government mobilization is an apt one for the magnitude of the current crisis.
    The war metaphor also suggests a willingness of the populace to allow some infringements of hard won civil liberties in extreme circumstances -- as is happening with self-isolating right now.
    But the concept of a wartime presidency also brings political and personal expectations of the commander-in-chief himself and may require a significant refashioning of Trump's divisive political method.
    The qualities of a wartime leader
    In battling coronavirus, Trump embraces his 'wartime'presidency
    In battling coronavirus, Trump embraces his 'wartime'presidency
    America's greatest war leaders did not just declare themselves as such.


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      But the concept of a wartime presidency also brings political and personal expectations of the commander-in-chief himself and may require a significant refashioning of Trump's divisive political method.
      The qualities of a wartime leader
      In battling coronavirus,...
    • (Read more)   top Indeed such a charge was at the center of the impeachment case that he sought dirt on likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden for personal political gain.
      Before World War II, Roosevelt spent years trying to persuade his countrymen of the rising peril of Nazism as he tried to convince a wary nation to join a fight for global freedom.
      Trump...
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      America's greatest war leaders did not just declare themselves as such.
    • (Read more)   top
      War leaders are also masterful rhetoricians: As legendary American World War II correspondent Ed Murrow said of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill -- "he mobilized the English language and sent it into...
    • (Read more)   top
      Raising allusions to war leaders could also come back to damage Trump should deficiencies in his administration hamper what is shaping up to be a prolonged fight against the pandemic
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    • (Read more)   top A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
      "If any blame or fault attaches to...
    • ( TRUMP, CORONAVIRUS, WORLD_WAR_II )  top
    • (Read more)   top
      Before World War II, Roosevelt spent years trying to persuade his countrymen of the rising peril of Nazism as he tried to convince a wary nation to join a fight for global freedom.
      Trump spent the weeks before the coronavirus took...
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      Trump spent the weeks before the coronavirus took hold on the United States minimizing its threat. Far from treating it as the enemy that he now sees, Trump said it might just go away and was not much worse than the flu
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    • (Read more)   top
      Trump spent the weeks before the coronavirus took hold on the United States minimizing its threat. Far from treating it as the enemy that he now sees, Trump said it might just go away and was not much worse than the flu
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    • (Read more)   top A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
      "If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone," Eisenhower wrote.
      There's...
    • ( TRUMP, CORONAVIRUS, OUTBREAK )  top
    • (Read more)   top
      NYC mayor slams Trump's response to coronavirus outbreak 02:25
      Raising allusions to war leaders could also come back to damage Trump should deficiencies in his administration hamper what is shaping up to be a prolonged fight against the pandemic
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    • (Read more)   top A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
      "If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone,"...
    • ( TRUMP, CORONAVIRUS, NAZISM )  top
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      Before World War II, Roosevelt spent years trying to persuade his countrymen of the rising peril of Nazism as he tried to convince a wary nation to join a fight for global freedom.
      Trump spent the weeks before the coronavirus took hold on the United States minimizing its threat
    • ( TRUMP, CORONAVIRUS, MAYOR )  top
    • (Read more)   top
      NYC mayor slams Trump's response to coronavirus outbreak 02:25
      Raising allusions to war leaders could also come back to damage Trump should deficiencies in his administration hamper what is shaping up to...
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    • ( TRUMP, LEADERS, TROOPS )  top
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      "I am glad the President invoked the Defense Production Act because what it can do is give the President power to mobilize industry in this country to do what is necessary to deal with this enemy we are confronting," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
      The...
    • (Read more)   top. Trump is sparking confusion since only a few hours after signing the Defense Production Act he said it was only to apply to a "worse case scenario in the future" and may not be needed
    • ( TRUMP, LEADERS, AMERICAN )  top
    • (Read more)   top A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
      "If any blame or...
    • (Read more)   top
      With forthright optimism, expert rhetorical skills in his fireside chats on the radio, Roosevelt coaxed resolve and hope from the American people and staved off a banking crisis.
      Then, with a zeal for experimentation, eye for detail and in the biggest ever mobilization of the government to alleviate poverty he tackled the Great Depression...
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      Raising allusions to war leaders could also come back to damage Trump should deficiencies in his administration hamper what is shaping up to be a prolonged fight against the pandemic
    • (Read more)   top
      In fact, the World War II analogy that is being increasingly used -- partly because it stirs cherished memories and allusions of a time when all Americans came together and triumphed -- may not be the most appropriate one for Trump's situation.
      For one thing, Trump has done more than any other president to destroy the...
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    • (Read more)   topwe will prevail together, we love the USA," Trump said, summoning notes of patriotism and unity in a Rose Garden statement posted on Twitter.
      But history's great war leaders are also known for consistency as well as in-the-moment resolve
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    • (Read more)   topwe will prevail together, we love the USA," Trump said, summoning notes of patriotism and unity in a Rose Garden statement posted on Twitter.
      But
      history's great war leaders are also known for consistency as well as in-the-moment resolve
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    • (Read more)   topwe will prevail together, we love the USA," Trump said, summoning notes of patriotism and unity in a Rose Garden statement posted on Twitter.
      But history's great war leaders are also known for consistency as well as in-the-moment resolve
    • ( TRUMP, LEADERS, PATRIOTISM )  top
    • (Read more)   topwe will prevail together, we love the USA," Trump said, summoning notes of patriotism and unity in a Rose Garden statement posted on Twitter.
      But history's great war leaders are also known for consistency as well as in-the-moment resolve
    • ( TRUMP, LEADERS, OUTBREAK )  top
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    • (Read more)   top
      The statement caused confusion, undermined Trump's earlier adoption of a military-style campaign and raised fresh questions over whether he was still trying to downplay the possible impact of the virus on the United States.
      "It was so disassociated from what he said this morning at the press conference and what he said to us," said Dr. David Benton, a nursing industry representative...
    • (Read more)   top But there is little reason -- over his first three-and-a-half years in the White House and even in the hours since he declared war on the virus -- that he shares their qualities.
      He has struggled to show empathy, disdains detail and has more often fractured national unity that fostered it.
      Often, Trump has appeared to put his own personal...
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      On Tuesday, he untruthfully said that he had always known that the virus was a pandemic -- as he and aides sought to bury his earlier misinformation conduct that could haunt him if the battle against the coronavirus goes badly.
      Still, most objective observers have noticed...
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      Often, Trump has appeared to put his own personal and political interests over those of his nation.
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      In fact, the World War II analogy that is being increasingly used -- partly because it stirs cherished memories and allusions of a time when all Americans came together and triumphed -- may not be the most appropriate one for...
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      Many of Trump's critics have been hoping for days that he would adopt a warlike footing to meet the rising crisis of the pandemic, which is now infecting thousands of Americans.
      "We
      need the greatest federal mobilization we have ever seen.
    • (Read more)   top... from treating it as the enemy that he now sees, Trump said it might just go away and was not much worse than the flu. At the moment when it might have mattered most, the President was unwilling to tell Americans just how dark was the hour.
      On Tuesday, he untruthfully said that he had always known that the virus was a pandemic -- as he and aides sought to bury his earlier misinformation conduct that could...
    • (Read more)   top
      In fact, the World War II analogy that is being increasingly used -- partly because it stirs cherished memories and allusions of a time when all Americans came together and triumphed -- may not be the most appropriate one for Trump's situation.
      For one thing, Trump has done more than any other president to destroy the Western world of international...
    • ( TRUMP, UNITED_STATES )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... statement caused confusion, undermined Trump's earlier adoption of a military-style campaign and raised fresh questions over whether he was still trying to downplay the possible impact of the virus on the United States.
      "It
      was so disassociated from what he said this morning at the press conference and what he said to us," said Dr. David Benton, a nursing industry representative who was at a meeting with Trump on...
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    • (Read more)   top
      The statement caused confusion, undermined Trump's earlier adoption of a military-style campaign and raised fresh questions over whether he was still trying to downplay the possible impact of the virus on the United States.
      "It was so disassociated from what he said this morning...
    • (Read more)   top
      Trump's adoption of a military-style campaign does not just raise the expectation of a rarely seen national effort, but also significantly ups the pressure on his own personal leadership.
      Many of Trump's critics have been hoping...
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    • (Read more)   top ... conference and what he said to us," said Dr. David Benton, a nursing industry representative who was at a meeting with Trump on Wednesday at which the President talked of "scaling up" medical supplies.
      Benton said that the President left him with the impression "that he's now using this power to meet the demands that were needed." But he added that the change in position was...
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      Before World War II, Roosevelt spent years trying to persuade his countrymen of the rising peril of Nazism as he tried to convince a wary nation to join a fight for global freedom.
      Trump spent the weeks before the coronavirus took hold on the United States minimizing its threat
    • (Read more)   top ... their people and close down shops, restaurants, businesses, air routes and cruise lines may have more in common with the situation faced by Roosevelt when he took office in 1933 than his later waging of global war.
      With forthright optimism, expert rhetorical skills in his fireside chats on the radio, Roosevelt coaxed resolve and hope from the American people and staved off a banking crisis.
      Then, with...
    • ( TRUMP, DEFENSE_PRODUCTION_ACT )  top
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    • (Read more)   top
      But the concept of a wartime presidency also brings political and personal expectations of the commander-in-chief himself and may require a significant refashioning of Trump's divisive political method.
      The qualities of a...
    • ( CORONAVIRUS, POLITICAL )  top
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      Trump's new posture is in response to a crisis that is worsening by the hour and appears to be partly designed to cover up the administration's failures in distributing testing kits that have might help authorities slow the virus'advance.
      And...
    • (Read more)   top
      The concept of a war, with its implied imagery of a unified home front working to defeat a common foe alongside a huge government mobilization is an apt one for the magnitude of the current crisis.
      The
      war metaphor also suggests a willingness of the populace to allow some infringements of hard won civil liberties in extreme circumstances -- as is happening with self-isolating right now.
      But the...
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      In shouldering the mantle of a wartime commander, Trump is likening the need for an escalating struggle against the coronavirus to the heroism of the World War II generation.
      "Now it's our time. We must sacrifice together because we are all in this together and we'll come through together," Trump said, in a classic war leader's invocation...
    • (Read more)   topSee ( TRUMP , CORONAVIRUS , WORLD_WAR_II )
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    • (Read more)   top ... response to a crisis that is worsening by the hour and appears to be partly designed to cover up the administration's failures in distributing testing kits that have might help authorities slow the virus'advance.
      And
      it is already being undermined by his own actions.
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    • (Read more)   top
      Only days after dismissing the coronavirus threat as a distraction, he's now assumed the title of a resolute war time president fighting an "invisible enemy" while promising to rally the nation behind him in pursuit of "total victory."
      Trump's...
    • (Read more)   topSee ( TRUMP , CORONAVIRUS , THREAT )
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      Trump's image makers will surely use the President assumptions of a warlike mantle to try to shape his reelection race that will unfold alongside the coronavirus emergency.
      It's probably not a fair comparison to stand Trump alongside two men regularly nominated by historians...
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      CNN)It's a stunning reversal President Donald Trump would like Americans to forget.
      Only days after dismissing the coronavirus threat as a distraction, he's now assumed the title of a resolute war time president fighting an "invisible enemy" while promising...
    • (Read more)   top At the moment when it might have mattered most, the President was unwilling to tell Americans just how dark was the hour.
      On Tuesday, he untruthfully said that he had always known that the virus was a pandemic -- as he and aides sought to bury his earlier misinformation conduct that could...
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    • (Read more)   top
      Roosevelt wielded immense control over the military minds waging the US war effort -- and the massive worldwide deployment of American armed forces overseas. All while in a wheelchair.
      War leaders are also masterful rhetoricians: As legendary American World War II correspondent Ed Murrow said of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
    • (Read more)   top. A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
      "If any blame or...
    • (Read more)   topSee ( TRUMP , LEADERS , AMERICAN )
    • ( LEADERS, TROOPS )  top
    • (Read more)   top. A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
      "If any blame or fault attaches to...
    • ( LEADERS, DEFENSE_PRODUCTION_ACT )  top
    • (Read more)   topSee ( TRUMP , LEADERS , DEFENSE_PRODUCTION_ACT )
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    • (Read more)   top. A day before American and allied troops went ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, then-General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement just in case the invasion failed and troops were withdrawn.
      "If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone," Eisenhower wrote.
      There's...
    • ( LEADERS, ROSE_GARDEN )  top
    • (Read more)   topSee ( TRUMP , LEADERS , ROSE_GARDEN )
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    • (Read more)   top ... resolute war time president fighting an "invisible enemy" while promising to rally the nation behind him in pursuit of "total victory." Trump's new posture is in response to a crisis that is worsening by the hour and appears to be partly designed to cover up the administration's failures in distributing testing kits that have might help authorities slow the virus'advance. And...
    • (Read more)   top ... national effort, but also significantly ups the pressure on his own personal leadership. Many of Trump's critics have been hoping for days that he would adopt a warlike footing to meet the rising crisis of the pandemic, which is now infecting thousands of Americans. "We need the greatest federal mobilization we have ever seen
    • (Read more)   top ... CNN's Wolf Blitzer. The concept of a war, with its implied imagery of a unified home front working to defeat a common foe alongside a huge government mobilization is an apt one for the magnitude of the current crisis. The war metaphor also suggests a willingness of the populace to allow some infringements of hard won civil liberties in extreme circumstances -- as is happening with self-isolating right now. But the...
    • (Read more)   top ... than any other president to destroy the Western world of international institutions that was built to Roosevelt's blueprint after his death late in World War II. And the fearsome economic crisis that is being unleashed across the world as governments isolate their people and close down shops, restaurants, businesses, air routes and cruise lines may have more in common with the situation faced...