Trump slams Obama over criticism of pandemic response

Washington, May 18 (IANS): US President Donald Trump has slammed his predecessor Barack Obama over his criticism of how the incumbent administration has handled the coronavirus pandemic in the country which currently accounts for the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

"Look, he was an incompetent president," Trump said of Obama, after returning to the White House by Marine One on Sunday.

"That's all I can say. Grossly incompetent."

Later in a tweet, Trump called the former Obama administration "one of the most corrupt and incompetent in US history", reports Xinhua news agency.

Trump also claimed that Obama and his Vice President, Joe Biden, were the reasons why he's in the White House.

The comments came a day after Obama issued a thinly veiled criticism of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing," Obama said during a virtual commencement speech on Saturday.

"A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge."

In a private call with supporters earlier this month, details of which was leaked to media outlets, Obama called the Trump administration's coronavirus response "an absolute chaotic disaster".

"It's part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anaemic and spotty," Obama reportedly said.

"It would have been bad even with the best of governments."

The US currently accounts for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 1,486,515 and 89,562, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The Trump administration has aggressively defended its handling of the public health crisis, while critics have pointed out that its leaders and officials ignored early warnings, were slow to act and not responding adequately, and tried to politicize the situation to shift blames.

The trading of barbs also occurred against the backdrop that Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was set to be challenged by Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in this year's election.

Obama has endorsed Biden for the White House.


Comment on this article

  • Glen, Mangalore

    Tue, May 19 2020

    Obama was always blowing racial incidents out of proportion to increase black voter turnout during elections when he was president.. Obama said he would unite the country if he became president but he poured fuel on the fire in incidents such as the Trayvon Martin case and the Michael Brown case.

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  • praveen, mlore

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Oh oh Trump following Modi Style....blaming others for self made blunders.... we R EiswaGuru

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Obama obviously criticizing Trump, inspite of His 8 year socialist rule, he and his left democrats along with communist chinese , WHO, elites expected millions of death in US through virus and thereby bring down Trump administration and communist take over but failed. With hiked false death numbers in democratic ruled states especially NY , tagging every death to covid and by other means death toll is still fraction of what communist expected. Also they are trying control through economic failure and promoting chaos, same tactics which is happening in Venezuela. God knew what's going happen and Trump got elected, a businessman unlike all politicians before! That's why they were desparately trying to remove him from day one. If he was not elected by this time communist would have controlled half the world and it would have been more chaotic than the present situation!

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  • Karthik, Konaje/Navi Mumbai

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Your repeated wailing and desperation about communist penetration into west supports the theory that Putin put Trump into Oval office. So relax, he will do it again in November this year. Don't take unnecessary tension about left Dems, elites, atheists,...Etc etc. We in India are safe in Right hands.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Really height of foolishness. Socialist Democrats charge conservative President Trump of Russian (communist / socialist) collusion and rest blindly echo it!. Russia if not communist and if democratic by this time number of other leaders would be ruling in his place (it is namesake only democratic), same as communist china. Dictators very hard to go except for Divine intervention!

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  • Karthik, Konaje/Navi Mumbai

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Have by any chance been listening too much to Nityananda of late?

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, May 18 2020

    This about Trump, Obama and Godless using virus to control the world and Not Nityananda!

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  • Santosh Kumar, Mangalore, India

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Obama killed Osama Bin Laden Al Qaida founder,
    Trump killed Abubaker All Bhagdadi Daesh founder.
    Both Presidents made world safer from the hands of killer Chaliphas.

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Both are the two sides of the same coin and both must have admitted finally that there is a superpower beyond this planet who rule The Universe .

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  • James, Bendur

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Another Jumla president. Everyone knows what comes out from his trumpet. Big mouth and no outcome.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Blaming the predecessor for self committed blunders is as contagious as Covid.

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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Inspired from none other than his Khaasam Khaas dost !

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Trump is a Chowkidar in front of Obama ...

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  • Madhava Krishnan, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Trump and Obama bestie of Modiji. Both are taken walk near sabarmathi river and shown our indian culture so called ' garba '.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, May 18 2020

    Lal Salam Saghav.
    Inqulab inqulab inqulab Zindabad.

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