Welcome to the transformation of Donald Trump

Welcome to the transformation of Donald Trump, By Cameron Stewart.

Donald Trump knows he needs to do something different if he wants to remain in the hunt for a second term in the White House. …

Few people were expecting the transformation they saw in the White House briefing room … as a very different US President turned up to deliver his first coronavirus briefing in months.

Gone was the previous incarnation of the rambling, angry leader who littered his corona­virus briefings with statistical lies, dubious cures and political vendettas. Faced with sliding polls in which two in three voters dis­approve of his handling of the pandemic, Trump abruptly changed course and, well, behaved at last like a president.

In sober and measured tones, he spoke about how his administration was seeking to tackle the crisis, including the steep spike in new cases in the south and west of the country.

Rather than keep pretending the world’s superpower was doing great, he conceded it was likely to get worse before it improved.

“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” he said. “Something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is.” …

Rather than portray face masks as a sign of weakness or a Republican-Democrat divide, Trump called for all Americans to wear them when they could not socially distance. He even called it patriotic to wear a mask. …

He called on young Americans, who have helped fuel outbreaks in southern states by partying, to be more careful and not to crowd together in bars or other social situations. …

Trump did not use the briefing as an excuse to deflect blame and make partisan attacks on his political opponents for their handling of the pandemic. Nor did he veer from the script nor did he undermine his message by attacking the media. …

With that exception, the world saw a disciplined, focused Donald Trump for once. His message was much more effective as a result.

Leadership, at last! That silly advisor Dr Deborah Birx misled him for ages into thinking covid was just going to fade away over summer, like in Italy but without the effort. Now reality has scotched that nonsense, and he knows better.

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