Houston’s Largest Paper Begs Trump To Be A Leader As He Visits COVID-Stricken TX

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The Houston Chronicle asks President Trump in an editorial to show better leadership in handling the pandemic

In an editorial addressed to President Trump, the Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in the city, implores the president to demonstrate better leadership.

  • The paper’s Editorial Board wrote to Trump as he prepared to return to Texas this week to visit an oil rig.
  • The board told Trump he is likely to be well-received by those on his itinerary but wrote that a growing number of Texans he will not encounter “are struggling to survive through the coronavirus pandemic, the economic collapse and the weight of keeping food on the table and a roof over their heads.”
  • They continued:

“When you visited Dallas back on June 11, Texas was leading the stampede to reopen for business, spurred on by Gov. Greg Abbott’s aggressive plans and your administration’s false assurances that the outbreaks were ‘under control.' At the time, the United States had reported a little more than 2 million confirmed cases and almost 114,000 deaths. Texas was reporting about 85,000 cases and 2,000 deaths. Seven weeks later, as Air Force One descends on the Lone Star State, the United States has more than 4 million cases. America is closing in on 150,000 dead — nearly the population of Midland.”

  • Texas currently has reached 400,000 confirmed cases and roughly 6,000 deaths from Covid-19.
  • The board also offered the president a warning about the November election: “[A] consensus is growing that Texans are losing confidence that you are the person to lead the nation out of the canyon that you and your administration have helped dig.”
  • And they continued to lament the Trump administration’s lack of leadership, saying that Trump needs to take greater steps to bring an end to the pandemic:

“One important thing you could do on your visit, Mr. President, is to make an unequivocal commitment to improved testing, social-distancing and getting your followers in the Republican Party to give up their rebellion to Gov. Abbott’s face-mask order. We are almost certain you won’t, but that would be a good start to something resembling leadership.”

Read the full editorial.

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