And how could Trump, or anyone, for that matter, stopped that? Immediately close our borders to EVERYONE as soon as the first case came about in china? It's a virus. A somewhat virulent one at that. People ARE going to die. That's just the way it goes. All the measures any nation is taking will only serve to slow the spread, that's it. In the end, a lot of folks are going to die, that is simply the nature of a pandemic. The measures put in place by various government entities may or may not slow the spread, but, that is only to, hopefully, reduce the strain on our medical system. Same number of folks are going to contract the disease, it's just going to be spread over a slightly longer time frame. It *might* reduce deaths by a very small percentage... maybe, but that is all it will accomplish.
I will grant you, he could have handled it better...... not sure where our economy would be at this point though..... It already is pretty much in shambles, and I expect it is only going to get worse, unless/until a viable vaccine is developed. Until then, the various state governments are implementing their own measures. I haven't looked at the data, to see which states have done what, and how that has affected outcomes...... as I know its just going to be bad in any event. So far, covid seems to be meaner than the Spanish Flu post WWI.... but, not all the data is in yet either, so, remains to be seen how it all shakes out, currently, it seems covid is about twice as virulent, but, targets the elderly, where the Spanish flu went after the working age folks.
It's gonna be interesting to see just how all this is going to affect society in the long term. Are we going to wave goodbye to handshakes? Hugs? Are masks going to become the 'new' fashion accessory? Will folks continue to wear them, and maintain their social distance, even after the vaccine is pretty widespread? Assuming of course, that we actually manage to create one....... And if we don't? The consequences of that particular eventuality would just suck.