• President Trump is jeopardizing the lives of Americans

President Donald Trump isn’t leading America much as its pandemic worsens. But that’s not stopping Walmart — along with Kroger, Kohl’s, and city and state leaders and officials — from making the tough decisions that the President has shirked.

US officials and state leaders are taking decisions without Trump’s knowledge

Given Trump’s approach, if the country is to exit the building disaster without many more thousands dead, it will fall to governors, mayors, college presidents and school principals, teachers and grocery store managers to execute plans balancing public health with the need for life to go on.

There were growing indications Wednesday that such centers of authority across the country are no longer waiting for cues from an indifferent President whose aggressive opening strategy has been discredited by a tsunami of infections and whose poll numbers are crashing as a result.Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 15 points, a deficit that might help explain the bizarre series of attacks the President leveled at his rival during Tuesday’s news conference and the shake-up in his campaign leadership on Wednesday led by his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.

More school districts — in Houston and San Francisco, for example — are defying the President’s demand for all kids to go back to class in the fall.Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order to delay opening schools until after Labor Day. Alabama, perhaps the most pro-Trump state in the nation, introduced mask-wearing requirements for public places on Wednesday. Montana issued its own recommendation on masks. Massive retail chains Walmart, Kohl’s and Kroger will require shoppers to wear masks in the coming days, confirming an emerging national consensus that face coverings — far from being an infringement of freedom — could be a lifesaver.




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