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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a televised address to the nation from his desk in the Oval Office about immigration and the southern U.S. border on the 18th day of a partial government shutdown at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Larry Kudlow, Director of the White House National EconomicCouncil, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Larry Kudlow
Where Things Stand: Trump Makes A Pandemic Political
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And why wouldn’t he?

As stock markets plummet — the Dow Jones has plunged the most since the 2008 recession in recent days — and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticize President Trump’s handling of the spread of the coronavirus, the President is looking for someone to blame for his negative press. Up until this week, Trump had barely mentioned the spreading pandemic and when he did, his tone — as it often is in situations that require delicacy — was deaf.

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 03: Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary, arrives to the Capitol before the continuation of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Monday, February 3, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, USA - October 14: People walk along 8av as the New York Times building is seen at the background on October 14, 2019 in New York, USA. NY Times on Sunday evening, published a story titled, "Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort." The video showed the president as a mass shooter where he is executing media and his political opponents inside church. It was dysplayed at a pro Trump conference in Miami. NY Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence,  the paper has won 127 Pulitzer Prizes,  being ranked 18th in the world by circulation.(Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
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