Donald Trump

President Trump’s stance on the COVID-19 pandemic is at odds with that of public health officials in his administration, who say that the best way to combat the spread of the virus is through the wearing of masks, social distancing, and a robust testing regiment. Although Trump has said that he is “all for masks” in the past, he has often been seen without a mask in public. Further, at a rally in June, Trump said, “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please,’” as he believes that increased testing would only make the country look bad, doing nothing to combat the spread of the virus. During his four years in office, the Trump administration has  not prioritized action against climate change, withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and reeling back regulations on oil and gas companies. Instead, Trump has repeatedly reminded voters of his protection of the oil and gas industries and the economy as a whole under his administration. A major milestone in Trump’s time in office was the 2017 tax cut, leading to a large rise in the stock market. Trump also likes to point to the strength of the labor market during his time in office, with the unemployment rate hitting a half-century low of 3.5% in 2019.

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