Pandemic Playbook

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, another 2.9 million Americans filed for unemployment in the last week, bringing the total number of jobs lost during the pandemic to 36.5 million.

Meanwhile, White House adviser Kevin Hassett says the fact that slightly less than 3 million filed for unemployment means the economy is rebounding. But the numbers are significantly worse than economists predicted (2.5 million expected).

Finally, Trump has a big sad that the political value of his marginal trade deal was more or less canceled out entirely by the pandemic.

“I’m very disappointed in China,” Trump said in an interview broadcast on Fox Business Network.

“They should have never let this happen. So I make a great trade deal and now I say this doesn’t feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn’t feel the same to me,” he said.

The U.S. president’s pique extended to Chinese President Xi Jinping, with whom, Trump says repeatedly, he has a good relationship. “But I just – right now I don’t want to speak to him. I don’t want to speak to him,” Trump said.

Xi probably doesn't walk to talk to Trump, either.

No one in their right mind does.