Former president barack obama sharply criticized the president donald trumpthe management of coronavirus pandemic, describing the administration’s response as “a absolute chaotic disasterduring a call with fellow Democrats, according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News.
The scathing comments came during a Friday call with the Obama Alumni Association, which is made up of people who served in the 44th president’s administration.
“What we’re fighting against are these long-term tendencies in which to be selfish, to be tribal, to be divided, and to see others as the enemy — that’s become a stronger impulse in American life,” Obama said. in the 30 minute recording. . “And by the way, we also see this internationally. This is part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and uneven. »
The former president admitted the outbreak would have been bad under any circumstances, but he said with Trump in the White House the situation has escalated.
“It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It’s been an absolute chaotic disaster when this mindset – of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to hell with everybody’ – when that mindset is operationalized in our government,” said he declared.
The call, which CNN independently confirmed, was intended to encourage Obama supporters to support his former vice president, Joe Biden, in the November election. Obama told supporters he plans to campaign vigorously for Biden, hoping to defeat Trump.
“That’s why, by the way, I’m going to spend as much time as I need and campaign as hard as I can for Joe Biden,” he said.
President Trump has consistently defended his response to the COVID-19 outbreak, saying his administration has taken steps to mitigate the crisis, including imposing travel restrictions on visitors from China and Europe as well as by implementing social distancing guidelines.
“I think we saved millions of lives,” he said earlier this week.
As of Saturday afternoon, 77,034 people had died of complications from COVID-19 in the United States and 1.27 million tested positive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. website.
During the call, Obama also lambasted the Justice Department for dropping charges against former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“I think the news in the last 24 hours has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping the charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama said.
“The fact that there is no precedent anyone can find for someone who has been charged with perjury gets away with it. It’s the kind of stuff where you start to worry that basic standards – not just institutional ones – but our basic understanding of the rule of law are at risk,” he added.