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People die as Donald Trump lets the pandemic rage

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US President Donald Trump's world is small. And simple. He only acknowledges the facts that suit him. He gets rid of people whose opinions do not match his. He refuses to consider points contrary to his politics. Trump's agenda is simple: give more to the people who already have plenty — and keep Christians on his side so that they vote for him again.

This approach has worked for Trump. The economy was doing well. Unemployment had fallen. The 45th president of the United States had a dedicated fan base who believed he was showing the world that America is "great" — especially when it puts itself first. But a virus has brought everything crashing down.

DW's Ines Pohl

Though many countries put stringent measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Trump refused to take the pandemic seriously. It was as if he thought that he was still hosting a reality show and writing the script himself.

Read more: WHO launches panel to review international COVID-19 response

From the beginning, the economy was Trump's No. 1 priority — not public health. Trump and some of his advisers were apparently prepared to sacrifice elderly and ill populations so as not to disrupt the economy and endanger his chances of being reelected in November. It was business as usual: No one should stop working, no business should close, and no profits should be lost.

But then New York turned into a hellhole. At that........

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