As of now, though the U.S. is no longer the global power that it once was, it is hardly in retreat.
The U.S. has resources, research capacity, infrastructure, talent and health care systems — yet COVID-19 has crippled the country, just as it shook the foundations of China, and has now destabilized Europe.
That America, barely 48 hours earlier, had threatened to cut aid worth $1 billion, scarcely addresses the fundamental malaise in a tormented land.
Viewed through the fractured legislative prism, it signifies a signal consensus, as historic as it is rare, between the Republican-dominated Senate and the House of Representatives under the Democrats.
The first fallout of COVID-19 is the deepening of tensions between the United States and China.
After underplaying the COVID-19 threat for a while, the U.S. President then changed the narrative.
Specifically, America will cut aid to Afghanistan worth $ one billion because of the failure to agree to a unity government for talks with the Taliban.
At a time when the free flow of information is critical, geopolitical rifts are deepening.
Even before accepting that it was a threat, Trump’s U.S. provided $1.5-trillion to its businesses and financial sectors.