Trump confronts a new form of risk in Covid-19, more personal and perilous

President Trump’s relationship to risk has often come down to an abiding self-belief: It will all probably work out for him because it generally has. “Whatever happens, happens,” he said in 1991, declaring himself a “great fatalist” as his business fortunes wobbled.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said of North Korean nuclear diplomacy two years ago, blithely predicting that all would be fine. “Risk plays a part in everything we do,” he advised in one of his pre-presidential.

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