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Nathan Robinson asks for us today will Trump’s Covid diagnosis hurt his political standing?

Donald Trump has one particular skill: pretending things are different than they seem. He was never a good businessman, but he was fantastic at playing a good businessman on TV. His coronavirus response has been abysmal, but his public insistence that everything is fine has somehow managed to keep him from losing significant support. Trump’s specialty is PR – spinning bad things rather than doing good things.

But PR can only do so much. Trump has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic and encouraged people to resist public health measures. He mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask. Then, having taken few precautions to protect himself or others, he landed in the hospital with Covid-19. Trump has not, of course, responded by humbly admitting that he behaved stupidly and should have listened to his critics. Instead, he is reacting in the only way he knows: pretending nothing is wrong.

Related: Will Trump’s Covid diagnosis hurt his political standing? | Nathan Robinson

Russian interference into US elections has been a touchy subject. In 2016 the CIA concluded that Putin’s nation interfered in order to try and help Trump win the election, something which the Kremlin has strenuously denied, and which Trump has dismissed as a hoax.

A couple of weeks ago Putin proposed that the two countries agree a joint non-interference pact, however, the Russian president has had something to say about the US election today.

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