Goodwin: Trump passes coronavirus test with flying colors

Big and bold, optimistic and compassionate. President Trump’s Oval Office address was exactly what America needed to hear

This is what it looks like when a president rises up to meet a crisis head-on.

With fear and panic spreading across the land and threatening to take down the economy, Trump is facing the greatest test of his presidency. Although battle-hardened by brutal fights with Democrats, the biased media and foreign adversaries, he is presented with problems of a different magnitude with the coronavirus.

It is a global menace that has declared war on America. Truth be told, sometimes in recent weeks, the president has appeared to be a reluctant commander-in-chief.

Thankfully, as of Wednesday night, that reluctance is history, replaced by a president who left no doubt that he is all in on the battle against this deadly scourge. Now effectively a wartime president, Trump’s repeated assurances of victory were music to the ears of a rattled nation.

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His willingness to change course and step up his game reflects an understanding that this is a critical moment both for the country and his presidency. “History has proven time and time again, Americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity,” he said at one point, as if to underscore that he accepts the seriousness of the stakes at hand.

The haters will never admit it, but Trump’s ability to meet the moment now is a reminder about why he was elected and how he has managed to guide the great American jobs machine to unprecedented heights. The only mystery is why supposedly intelligent people on the left refuse to acknowledge that millions of their fellow citizens are better off now than they were four years ago.

That issue will be decided in November, but for now, the entire country should be united in the campaign against this silent enemy. To that end, the speech succeeded because it included specific actions that would help halt the spread of the coronavirus and pledges of aid to individuals and companies that are suffering.

The travel ban from Europe for 30 days is certainly the strongest medicine, but the spread of the disease there, especially in Italy, is a warning about what could happen here. It would be irresponsible to take the chance, so shutting the doors is prudent.

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