Donald Trump has struggled to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak currently gripping the US. This morning, it was reported that more than three million people had tested positive for COVID-19 there. Over 131,000 deaths have been recorded.
On Tuesday, the US broke its record for most new cases reported in one day.
Despite the intensity of the outbreak in the US and it currently being the worst in the world, Trump and his administration continue to downplay the severity of the crisis.
The White House announced its intentions to press forward on some reopenings across states, including schools.
Some states never fully went into lockdown, such as South Dakota, Arkansas, Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
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US Vice President, Mike Pence, who leads the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, argued rules should not be “too tough”.
He said cases were flattening out, while Trump said on Tuesday that the US is “in a good place” regarding the pandemic.
Many have criticised Trump’s handling of the pandemic, arguing he has used it to push his reelection campaign set to take place later this year.
Trump’s family has largely supported him in his battle against COVID-19 – notably his sons, who have pushed coronavirus conspiracy theories and condemned individual states for imposing strict lockdowns.
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Eric Trump, the middle Trump child, in May claimed the pandemic will “magically all of a sudden go away and disappear” and everyone will suddenly be in favour of reopening the country.
He added that he believed the Democrats were using the coronavirus as a strategy to stop his father being reelected, claiming that the “Democrats are trying to milk this for everything they can, and it’s sad”.
Eric often appears on the Trump family’s favourite news channel – Fox News.
He does not make headlines as much as his sibling Don Jr and Ivanka.
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The 36-year-old has worked for his father’s company, and appeared on 23 episodes of “The Apprentice” US as a boardroom judge.
He has since played a role in helping to organise his father’s presidential campaigns and runs the family business alongside brother Don Jr.
Born into wealth and privilege, Eric attended some of the most expensive private schools the US had to offer growing up.
Stories are aplenty from his time during school, in which a young Eric has been portrayed as slightly behind his peers academically, prone to being the class clown and making memorable mistakes.
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One such memory that has stood the test of time, reported City & State New York in 2017 during an interview with Eric, is a yearbook nickname.
Despite his family being one of the wealthiest in the country, if not the world, Eric reportedly had little access to cash while studying at Hill School in Pennsylvania.
City & State explained: “When his roommates ordered food from Hing San, he would haunt the doorway, looking for french fries.
“On excursions to the cineplex, classmates remember having to buy the billionaire’s son a movie ticket.
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“His scavenging even earned him a yearbook superlative: ‘biggest mooch.’”
The nickname appears to have stuck with him for the rest of his school days.
According to Business Insider, Eric has been described as having “Trump genes, but not the Trump brand”.
Further, he and his wife, Lara, have been called the “most normal, least controversial Trump couple”.
The middle son will likely play a central role in the bid to get Trump reelected in November.