“A week ago, everyone was pretty sanguine. There were actually people saying this could be good for the Trump agenda,” said a senior administration official.

“Since then, the balance of risk and reward has shifted. The optimistic view is not being heard quite so much when you have plague ships docking.”…

The damage so far is not fatal to Trump and there is still time for the markets to come back into line, according to Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science at Iona College, which is closed for a fortnight because of a local case in upstate New York…

“He needs to show empathy and govern for the whole country, and I don’t think that comes naturally to him,” she said.