Both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Trump gave good speeches, but they had different approaches to the six principles of CREC recommended by the CDC.
PM Lee was quicker to announce the pandemic situation and focused on self-isolation for critical patients, while President Trump mentioned school closures, social distancing, reducing gatherings, and good hygiene. Both leaders were credible by explaining their actions step by step, and PM Lee showed empathy by understanding the anxiety caused by the virus. President Trump showed concern for the business sector and announced actions to help those affected by the disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Both leaders promoted action by giving key messages on controlling the virus, like avoiding crowded areas. PM Lee even canceled his leadership party as an example. PM Lee seemed to show more respect than President Trump, who mentioned China and Europe as factors in the increasing number of infections in America.
Overall, both leaders followed the CDC’s principles in their speeches, aiming to inform, inspire action, and maintain public trust during these challenging times.