How Trump let the U.S. fall behind the curve on coronavirus threat

Matthew Beckmann, a UC Irvine political science professor who focuses on the presidency, said Trump’s response to the pandemic reflected not so much his ideology as his overall lack of interest in the nitty-gritty work of running the government and his reliance on a small number of inexperienced people close to him. “The way he runs things is more like a family restaurant,” Beckmann said.