COVID19: Obama lashes out at Trump over handling of the pandemic

ST Staff
Sunday, 10 May 2020

Currently, in the US, more than 78,400 people have died due to COVID19 and more than 1.3 million have tested positive.

As the world fights the global outbreak of COVID19, former US President Barack Obama, criticised current President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic as “absolute chaotic disaster” while in a conversation with ex-members of his administration.

Earlier, reports around President Donald Trump and a few ministers of his cabinet alleging China for the outbreak pandemic had been surfacing, while the US continued to record surging number of those infected by the novel coronavirus. The blame game was seen as an attempt to hide the president’s shortcomings in dealing with the outbreak. 

Currently, more than 78,400 people have died due to COVID19 and more than 1.3 million have tested positive – as estimated by Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Obama’s comments on the current President came during a call with around three thousand members of the Obama Alumni Association. Obama urged these supporters, to back former vice president, Joe Biden, who will be standing in the November elections.

“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. And by the way, we’re seeing that internationally as well. It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anaemic and spotty,” Obama said, according to Yahoo News.

“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,” he added.

Trump has been consistently defending and boasting of his response to the virus. He has also been saying that travel restrictions from China and Europe as well as active social distancing have prevented far greater damage. “I think we saved millions of lives,” Trump said earlier this week.

In the most recent development, Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant has tested positive for the virus and the current count of those infected stands at 1,309,541. 

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