Presidential dos and don'ts during natural disasters
Trump can learn from past presidential approaches to natural cataclysms
When it comes to acts of God, modern presidents have faced their unfair share in truly biblical proportions. Pandemics, epidemics, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts and earthquakes have sprung to the top of presidential agendas. From Exodus’s 10 plagues inflicted on Egypt by Yahweh, only hoards of insects seem to be missing from recent U.S. catastrophes. With climate change upon us, and the proliferation of invasive species (China apparently sent us stink bugs, too), could frogs, lice, flies and locusts be far behind?
As President Trump faces the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his administration can take heed of history’s lessons from past presidential approaches to natural cataclysms.