Weathering the storm

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Science  16 Oct 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6514, pp. 278-282
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6514.278

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U.S. scientists use words like disastrous, damaging, and catastrophic to describe the performance of President Donald Trump during his 45 months in office, citing his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, his repeated public dismissals of scientific expertise, and his disdain for evidence. But there are other aspects of the administration's overall record that elicit a more positive response, including sustained funding for most research agencies and the high quality of many of the people he has chosen to manage those programs. On the eve of the 3 November presidential election, Science takes a close look at Trump's complicated legacy in science.

  • With reporting by Adrian Cho, Warren Cornwall, Jocelyn Kaiser, Robert F. Service, Erik Stokstad, and Paul Voosen.

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