Donald Trump would lose the election if it were held today. That was the sobering message delivered in April to the president during a series of calls with his top political advisors. Trump reportedly “erupted” with anger at the news (though the president denies a report by CNN that he threatened to sue his campaign manager over his plummeting poll numbers).
Despite his evident frustration, Trump has agreed to scale back his regular coronavirus press briefings. During the daily televised appearances (often running to two hours or more), President Trump has made an alarming string of gaffs and unforced errors, including suggesting that scientists should investigate whether mainlining disinfectant and / or beaming ultraviolet light “inside the body” via unknown means might cure COVID-19.
The coronavirus pandemic has completely scrambled both campaigns. Democrats and Republicans are desperately trying to figure out the best way to campaign and fundraise remotely, even as the crisis raises questions about how Americans will physically cast their votes in November.
Why should Europe care about US domestic politics? Like it or not, it matters this side of the Atlantic. From NATO spending, to climate change, to steel and aluminium tariffs, it’s fair to say the EU-US relationship been uncharacteristically tense in recent years. Europeans (as others around the world) will be following the race for the White House closely.
How will COVID-19 affect Trump’s re-election bid? Will the coronavirus pandemic make a second term in the White House more likely or less? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!