National correspondent, the Atlantic
In case you missed it, statement yesterday from Jimmy Carter:
We’re hanging a DC flag outside our house tomorrow (when the storms are over). Good for Karl Racine.
Two months ago, on February 20, neither US nor South Korea had yet recorded a death from the virus. On March 20, South Korea had 100 total covid deaths, and US had 150. Today, April 20, South Korea has had a total of 236 deaths. The US has passed 40,000
To spell it out: when a prez and staff are on “official” WH trips, they are NOT ALLOWED to turn them into campaign events. (If they do, they’re supposed to charge AIr Force One costs to the campaign; WH staffers can’t participate; etc.) Or, that is how it was, when rules applied
@NBCNews FWIW, my “analysis”: What we don’t need: a journalist’s guess about “how this played.” What we do need: reportage of who said what, how it was backed up, what was new, how it matches the records and the law.