Spring, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 36", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**

In a surprise statement during a Fox News interview, Mr. Trump announced a peace agreement with Novel Coronavirus to suspend the pandemic and the medical response to it in order to give time for the economy to recover. The agreement goes into effect Friday April 24, 2020 at noon Eastern Time and is limited to infections in the United States. “America first,” Mr. Trump said.

“As the Wartime President, I took the unprecedented move to reach a peace agreement with the virus. The Novel Coronavirus. Novel means ‘new,’ you know. Most people don’t know that. No other president could have done this. It’s like a détente. That’s a big word. It doesn’t have a lot of letters, détente, I know bigger words, words with more letters, but it has big meaning, tremendous meaning, beautiful meaning.”

“The Virus and I actually have a lot in common. We are both incredible survivors. Tremendous survivors,” Trump said. “We became good friends.”

According to Trump the whirlwind summit took place in secret in Hanoi, the location of the second summit between Mr. Trump and Kim Jong Un. “I chose Hanoi for good luck. It was where I negotiated the complete, unilateral, verifiable de-nuclearization of North Korea, something no president has ever been able to do until me,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump announced that Friday at noon, it will be completely safe for people to go back to work, businesses to reopen, and people to go out to dinner, to go to hotels and golf clubs, to sporting events and, most importantly, to church. “We have to open up America. We have to open up the economy,” Trump said. “As the president, I have all the power, every last ounce of it, so if the governors of the states tell you something different, you should ignore them. Listen to me. Take back your states at all costs. Remember, your Second Amendment rights are under attack.”

In a related note, Mr. Trump was overheard telling an advisor that “my base hates being told they are stupid. And it’s the liberals who do the telling. As long as I attack the liberals, they’ll believe anything I say. My people will put up with anything I do to them. Anything and everything. They’ll vote against all their own interests. They’ll happily go to an early grave if they think they’ve bested a liberal. But I don’t want them dying, at least not until after the next election.”

[Note: when I read this to my wife, she believed Trump had been overheard making the foregoing statement about his base.]

*My brother the very talented fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to and

**Richard’s list of honors, awards and professional associations is extensive. He was Professor Emeritus (Painting and Drawing), Weber State University, having served three Appointments as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts there. He guest-lectured and instructed at many universities and juried numerous shows and exhibitions. He was invited to submit his work as part of many shows and exhibitions, and his work was exhibited in a number of traveling shows domestically and internationally. My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed more than 500 pieces of my father’s work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father’s art reproduced in and are hers.



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