A forthcoming book by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser called “The Divider” reports that in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melania Trump warned the then-president about his mishandling of the public health emergency. Melania said to her husband, “you’re blowing this” and “this is serious. It's going to be really bad, and you need to take it more seriously than you're taking it.” Trump quipped back, “you worry too much” and “forget it.” In the end, Melania was correct about Trump’s dismissiveness of the virus being a political liability. All around the world, the leaders who took COVID seriously enjoyed high approval numbers and won reelection. On the other hand, Trump claimed fifteen cases would soon be zero, that the infection numbers were being over-reported, and that hydroxychloroquine or bleach would solve everything. If he had listened to Melania, there’s some chance that Trump would still be president.
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