U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus has been “haunted” by “science denialism of his ultraconservative Evangelical allies,” the American journalist and author Katherine Stewart said Friday.

Stewart claimed in an opinion piece penned for The New York Times that Trump’s “tendency to trust his gut over the experts on issues like vaccines and climate change does not come from any deep-seated religious conviction.”

“But he is perfectly in tune with the religious nationalists who form the core of his base,” she wrote, saying that the president’s messages are coming from “his own experts and touts as yet unproven

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