Former President Barack Obama bashes Donald Trump for his ‘chaotic’ handling of the coronavirus issue, Yahoo News reported.
In a leaked conference call, the former head of the US said he is annoyed with Trump’s way of handling a pandemic. Discussing the latest developments with former members of his administration, Barak Obama said. The contents of the call were first reported by Yahoo News. A source familiar with the call confirmed them to Reuters.
According to media, Mr Obama has largely kept out of the fray even as Trump has blamed him and his Dem Office for a variety of problems related to having sufficient supplies to battle the epidemic took lives of at least 75,000 citizens.
He said this is one reason why “the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty.” The former US president also urged his supporters to get behind Dem candidate Joe Biden, who is trying to unseat Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
As Obama noted, the upcoming election is extremely important because what Dems are going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party.
“What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life,” Barak Obama said.
“It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government,” Obama said.
Meanwhile, Obama’s office declined to comment a leaked call.
The White House called Trump’s response to epidemic ‘unprecedented’
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany sees Trump’s leadership as responsible, while his coronavirus respond “has been unprecedented” and has saved American lives.
“While Democrats were pursuing a sham witch hunt against President Trump, President Trump was shutting down travel from China. While Democrats encouraged mass gatherings, President Trump was deploying PPE, ventilators, and testing across the country,” she added.
Taking into account the upcoming presidential election, the national polls show a tight race between Trump and Biden with six months to go until the election. So far, Biden leads in several battleground states, however, that balance is still fragile.