Rebuilding the ‘trust bank’ of the U.S. administration will not be an easy path

Year: 2020

This post is written as a brief comment to an article published on The New York Times titled: Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data (16 September 2020).

“Good governance makes the difference between lifts and falls in general welfare of societies. However, during major crises such as a systemic financial shock, conflict or pandemic, the quality of governance becomes acutely consequential. In the case of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is the difference between life and death for many Americans especially without healthcare insurance, who live on or below the poverty line or are blinded by partisanship.

President Trump’s handling of the Covid-19 situation in America goes far beyond inept; it is unethical. In geopolitical terms, countries which looked to the United States to both lead and set the example for rationale, fact-based, organised response, have completely lost faith in it. This loss of faith is so deep that subsequent administrations will not be able to easily if at all, rebuild the ‘trust bank’.

This is because countries view a system that can put in place President George W. Bush, who invaded Iraq and left it in ruins destabilising an entire region and costing hundreds of thousands of lives on a false premise and President Trump who has been effective in three areas – eroding American institutions, eroding international institutions and eroding global American leadership – as fundamentally flawed.”

– Devadas Krishnadas