Former President Barack Obama criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, describing it as “a completely chaotic disaster” in a private call Friday night with people who worked for him at the White House and throughout his administration.
In a 30-minute conversation with members of the Obama Alumni Association, the former president said that the response to the coronavirus epidemic had served as a critical reminder of the reasons why strong government leadership is needed during a global crisis. The call was intended to encourage former Obama staff to become more involved in Biden’s presidential campaign.
But in his appeal Friday with 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association, people who served in his administration. Obama is said to have urged supporters to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is trying to overthrow Trump in the elections for November.
“What we are fighting against are these long-term tendencies to be selfish, to be tribal, to divide and to see others as an enemy – it has become a stronger impetus in American life. By the way “We are seeing this internationally as well. This is partly why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and uneven, “said Obama, according to Yahoo News.
“This is partly why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and uneven. It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It was a real chaotic disaster when that state of mind -” me ? “” And “heckling with everyone” – when that mindset is operationalized in our government.
“That’s why, by the way, I’m going to spend as much time as I need to and campaign as hard as possible for Joe Biden,” he said.
The United States is by far the world leader in the number of coronavirus infections, with nearly 1.3 million, and deaths, with more than 78,000.
Trump has been criticized for essentially abdicating any leadership role in guiding the country through one of its worst crises in a century, leaving states alone to fight the pandemic and even bid for free or essential medical supplies. ‘foreign.
Critics say Trump, after downplaying the threat posed by the virus, lost precious time in February as the pathogen spread to America, and his administration did little to procure the kits test and other medical equipment or to develop a coherent national strategy.
Warning On Rule Of Law
Obama also warned on appeal that “the rule of law is at risk” in the United States after the Justice Department announced it would drop the charges against Michael Flynn, a former White House national security adviser. . .
Flynn, a key target in the investigation of a complaint of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to the FBI during talks with the Russian ambassador.
Attorney General William Barr’s statement that Flynn should never be prosecuted and that the FBI abused his powers has drawn strong criticism from legal experts and civil society groups.
While President Donald Trump fired Flynn for lying to Vice President Mike Pence, Trump frequently tweeted about the case of the former general, who became a rallying cry for his supporters by attacking the FBI investigation. Trump recently declared Flynn “exempt.”
“I think the news of the past 24 hours has been underestimated regarding the Justice Department charges that have been dropped against Michael Flynn,” Obama said.
“And the fact that there is no precedent anyone can find for someone who has been charged with perjury and who just went out without Scotch. This is the kind of thing that worries him about this” not just institutional standards, but through of our foundation.. Understanding of the rule of law is threatened elsewhere, “he said, distorting the charges against Flynn.