Someone suggested that Sweden opened and did about the same as the US, then wondered what Trump could have done. Following is my response.

It makes sense though, because the US never isolated or did social distancing. Some states and localities did, and saw good results.
The problem is that unless there is reasonable alignment across the population, you have one group of people working hard, and other groups out partying. When the inevitable leakage occurs it blows up.
Local government did not handle things well early, due to unknown issues. It appears that the Trump administration, although they were aware of this virus even in November did little or nothing to share the information or to in any way prepare at either fed. or state level. 3/
Trump has stated that he was trying to downplay, and effectively convinced many people that there was no problem.

What could trump have done? Worked with governors to apprise them of the seriousness of this. 4/
Coordinated with those governments to ensure that materials were available. Restricted international travel more than his ineffectual clamp down on China.

Wear a damn mask, not ridicule or pick on people who were wearing masks,...

...not hold fucking rallies inside with no masks or distancing, not instruct his people to remove instructions at his rallies to physically distance.

He did the exact opposite, in literally every way, of a responsible adult who was trying to limit the health issues from covid.6/
On top of all that, the economy still cratered. So he killed people to save the economy, but failed all around. He was left with a playbook that among other things said to get in front of it early, and to have consistent messaging. He and his COVID team ignored it all.
He also had the authority to ramp up production of medical supplies, and to replenish depleted supplies in the federal inventory.

He knew this was deadly; he had a playbook. He took actions with seeming intent to maximize pain to people and the economy.8/
Besides all that not much. 9/9
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