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As America burns, Trump falls short at another crisis

Washington: No political leader wants to face a crisis.

But when one comes along it can present opportunities to shine as well as to fail.

  • Matthew Knott
  • The Age

Leaders around the world, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, have received big boosts to their popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Even leaders in countries with big death counts such as Italy and the UK saw their approval ratings increase.

In times of uncertainty, people tend to rally behind their leaders and forgive their mistakes – as long as they project a sense of authority and empathy.

US President Donald Trump stands out as one of a…

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