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Why do political reporters say Trump is “struggling” to do something when he’s actually not even trying? They do it all the time. See, I.e.: “The administration is struggling to expand the scale of testing to what experts say is necessary to reopen businesses safely...”
Another hilariously inapt clause: “White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also backed the administration’s response...”
This whole story reads like a first draft: sloppy writing, sloppy sourcing, no structure. But, as we editors sometimes say, there’s a lot of good stuff in there.
My all-time favorite was the headline on a @peterbakernyt @maggieNYT NYT obscenity: "The President as Bystander: Trump Struggles to Unify a Nation on Edge”…
OK no I take that back. My super all-time favorite was @peterbakernyt writing that Trump “struggles to find the balance between public reassurance and Panglossian dismissiveness.”

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