Obama: Trump’s coronavirus handling has been an “absolute chaotic disaster”

Obama: Trump’s coronavirus handling has been an “absolute chaotic disaster”
Source: CNBC

On Friday in a leaked web call with previous members of his administration, former United States President Barack Obama labeled US President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak as an “absolute chaotic disaster.”

This semipublic criticism toward Trump is rare for the former president who generally remains above the fray.

“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."

“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.”

In the same call, Obama also urged the 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association to back presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden.

“That’s why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as
necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden," he said.

Obama continued to say that the Justice Department’s recent decision to drop charges against the former Trump national security adviser, Michael Flynn, endangers the rule of law in the country.

The US is by far the worst-hit nation. Among the 4,100,426 confirmed cases worldwide and 280,423 deaths on May 10 at 00:53 GMT, the US has recorded 1,347,309 cases and 80,037 deaths.

While many remain critical of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, conservatives have also pushed back citing that the capitalistic values of the nation as well as the nation’s population size made it initially more difficult to completely lockdown the country.

With six months to go before the November elections, national polls show a tight race between Trump and Biden with Biden taking the lead in several key states. However, several have also noted that Hillary Clinton led by more at this point in 2016 in many swing states.

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