Trump is playing a deadly game in deflecting Covid-19 blame to China

As Mr ‘Total Authority’ keeps his focus firmly on re-election, he risks lives far beyond the United States Coronavirus – latest US updates C oronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage Many had wondered what would happen when Donald Trump, failed salesman and gameshow host, faced a real crisis. Now they know. The man who pledged to stop “American carnage” in his inaugural address now owns it. Covid-19 has crowned him lord of misrule . That’s fitting for a man who last week claimed to exercise “total authority”. Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor who understands what leadership means, reminded him the US does not do kings. But Trump and America’s last monarch, George III, share much in common, tyranny-wise. Trump is more instinctive dictator than democrat, in the style of his favourite potentate, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Just look at his recent threat to shut down Congress , and his enthusiasm for suppressing minority voter turnout. It’s worth recalling that old