President Trump addresses the country from the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.

President Trump addresses the country from the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.

Statewide school closings. Public gatherings canceled. Broadway and Disneyland shuttered. Coronavirus has brought the country to a standstill, and it all happened without clear guidance from the White House.

After a week of criticism and pressure, on Friday afternoon, President Trump declared a state of emergency and vowed an increase in testing.

Susan Glasser is a staff writer for the New Yorker where she writes a weekly column on life in Trump’s Washington. In her latest piece, she writes, “As the coronavirus, as of Wednesday an official pandemic, spreads, the lives of Americans depend on the decisions made—or not made, as the case may be—by a President uniquely ill-suited to command in this type of public-health catastrophe.”

She spoke with Diane Friday morning.

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  • Susan Glasser Staff writer, The New Yorker

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