WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Barack Obama described President Donald Trump, handling the coronavirus pandemic as a chaos in a call with former members of the administration, a source said Saturday.
Obama almost shied away from the conflict even when Trump blamed him and his Democratic administration for a series of issues related to having enough supplies to combat the pandemic that killed more than 75,000 Americans. .
But in a Friday call with 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association, who served in his administration, Obama urged his supporters behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is trying to disassemble Trump in the November 3 election.
The content of the call was first reported by Yahoo News. A source familiar with the call confirmed them with Reuters.
Obama said that the election is very important because what we will fight is not just an individual or a political party.
What we are fighting against are the long-term trends in which selfishness, tribalism, being divided and treating others as enemies – it has become a stronger force in his life. Fine, he said.
He said this is one of the reasons why, this global crisis response was so anemic and tedious.
This will be even worse with the best government. It was an absolute chaotic disaster to think about that – about ‘what's in it for me, and to speak ill of people …