CORONAVIRUS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the end, President Donald Trump got a coronavirus czar — without having to call it a czar. Vice President Mike Pence, whom Trump appointed Wednesday to lead his coronavirus response, announced a global health official as the ‘White House coronavirus response coordinator’ — installing a czar-like figure under him to guide the administration’s response to the outbreak after a protracted public dance around how to display the power of the federal bureaucracy to the American people. The move marked the administration’s latest attempt to show it’s in control of the spreading global threat after weeks of fumbled messaging, rising market jitters and mounting backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.”

Adam Cancryn, Quint Forgey and Dan Diamond, “After fumbled messaging, Trump gets a coronavirus czar by another name,” Politico, February 27, 2020 3:28 pm