Former President Barack Obama has criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, describing it as “an absolute chaotic disaster”. The former Head of State delivered the message during a private call Friday night with people who worked for him in the White House and across his administration.
CNN has confirmed the statement which is the starkest assessment yet from the former president about how President Donald Trump and his team have handled the deadly pandemic.
Barrack Obama has indicated his support for his former Vice President Joe Biden to defeat Trump in November, which he terms as the only possible solution to the current economic challenges affecting the nation. “This election that’s coming up — on every level — is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” Obama said.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Saturday dismissed the criticism from Obama, saying in a statement to CNN: “President Trump’s coronavirus response has been unprecedented and saved American lives.” The comments come days after White House employees tested positive for COVID-19 Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, and one of Trump’s personal valets.
The US has 79,773 fatalities with 1.35M confirmed cases.