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As Trump ignores virus crisis, Republicans start to contradict him


Rick Bowmer – Associated Press

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, seen in April, said in a recent conference call of GOP governors, that it would help states like his own if President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were to encourage mask-wearing on a national scale.

President Donald Trump's failure to contain the coronavirus outbreak and his refusal to promote clear public-health guidelines have left many senior Republicans despairing that he will ever play a constructive role in addressing the crisis, with some concluding they must work around Trump and ignore or even contradict his pronouncements.

In recent days, some of the most prominent figures in the GOP outside the White House have broken with Trump over issues like the value of wearing a mask in public and heeding the advice of health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who the president and other hard-right figures within the administration have subjected to caustic personal criticism.

They appear to be spurred by several overlapping forces, including deteriorating conditions in their own states, Trump's seeming indifference to the problem and the approach of a presidential election in which Trump is badly lagging his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in the polls.


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