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Trump's not in control on this Fourth of July, Covid is

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US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP

US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP

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US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP

The Fourth of July is traditionally a day when America celebrates its fortunes and the rest of the world salutes admiringly. Patriotism and pride are still in plentiful supply but there is an undeniable level of fear and polarisation that makes this an Independence Day like no other.

This week, the US exceeded 50,000 new coronavirus cases on multiple days, more than double the rate of just a few weeks ago.

As anxious Americans looked to their president for leadership, Donald Trump turned the White House podium into a political pulpit. Even an issue like wearing face masks in public has become partisan.