Last month, world governments and other donors pledged $1.2bn to help carry the 30-year fight to eradicate polio over the finish line. At its height, the polio epidemic caused 350,000 cases of paralysis in children every year. Last year, only 37 cases were reported.
The platitude “When America sneezes, the world catches a cold” has long been used to underscore the crucial US role to guide global economic progression. That no longer is the case, perhaps.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump is talking to advisers about issuing pardons to aides, family members and even himself in order to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s widening Russia investigation.