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Seven days in May - quiet days speak loudly to us all

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By Martin Schram

This was the week when despairing global leaders ― with an urgency unlike anything since World War II ― looked to the modern era's Leader of the Free World hoping to find leadership, resources and maybe even an inspiring way to win our war against a rampaging pandemic.

But no. The present occupant of the office once called the free world's titular leader, the president of the United States, was missing in action when most of the world's most famous names convened, in person and virtually, at the World Health Organization's two-day conference on how to conquer COVID-19. The novel coronavirus that surfaced in China has now enveloped our planet.

The WHO invited China's president to speak ― and Xi Jinping converted it into his newly assumed posture of global leadership. Xi pledged $2 billion in the global battle against the pandemic that started in his country.

The WHO invited America's president to speak ― and Donald Trump made himself a no-show. He wouldn't appear or teleconference himself into the session. He just sent a tweet late converting the WHO into his political ploy and play toy. That's how he sent the world his four page letter to WHO Director-General Tedros........

© The Korea Times