Washington – It’s a tough reckoning from his predecessor: former US President Barack Obama has sharply criticized Donald Trump*’s crisis management in the Corona Pandemic* – it was “an absolutely chaotic catastrophe”, Obama said in an audio recording of confidential talks with former members of his administration. Yahoo News reported on it first, but in the meantime other US media have confirmed Obama’s statements.
Former President Barack Obama delivered a blistering critique of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus crisis, describing it as "an absolute chaotic disaster." https://t.co/SVduWdTIT1 pic.twitter.com/Q7oVqppdxO
— CNN International (@cnni) May 10, 2020
Corona in the USA: Obama finds Trump reactions “inappropriate
Obama criticized that Trump‘s inappropriate reactions to the challenges of the Corona pandemic reflected a mindset of “What’s in it for me” and “To hell with everyone else”. Selfishness and enemy thinking had become a “stronger impulse in American life”.
Donald Trump had declared on May 8th at a meeting with Republican congressmen that the virus would “disappear” even without vaccination, as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among others, reported. A clip from the meeting is circulating on Twitter. It shows how a congressman asks how important the US president considers vaccines in the Corona crisis.
— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) May 9, 2020
Trump‘s answer: “The virus will go away on its own, and I hope we never see it again after a while.” He admitted that the pandemic is expected to “flare up again”, “but perhaps not”.
He went on to say, “You know, there have been viruses and flues for which no vaccine has been found, and yet they have disappeared. They are dying. Just like everything else.” Although he finally admitted: “The virus will probably go away on its own – but if we had a vaccine, that would help.”
Obama is upset by the verdict on Trump’s ex-consultant in the Russia affair
In addition, last Thursday there was a surprising turnaround in the case of Michael Flynn, the former US National Security Advisor. The US judiciary withdrew the accusations against Trump‘s ex-employee in the Russia affair*.
The reason given by the ministry in Washington was that the actions of the federal police FBI against Flynn were unlawful. Trump called Flynn “innocent” and threatened those responsible for the investigation with a “high price”. Trump also said about the decision that Flynn had been targeted by the former Obama administration to harm him – Trump. This was “a disgrace”. Those responsible were “corrupt” and “human scum”. Flynn is a “great gentleman”.
Trump criticism from Obama in Russia affair: “Rule of law in jeopardy”
In the audio recording, Obama also criticized the Flynn decision with clear words: he was concerned that “our basic understanding of the rule of law is in danger,” said Obama to his former colleagues.
In December 2017, Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Later, the ex-general declared that he wanted to withdraw the confession.
The Washington Post categorized the Obama audio recording as follows: “In his comments on Flynn, Obama joins critics from the ranks of the US Democrats and US prosecutors after observers see a pattern in Attorney General William Barr to intervene in cases involving allies of the US president.
US election during Corona pandemic: Obama promotes Biden
In the confidential conversation, Obama therefore now called on his ex-staff to join him in supporting the designated Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden* in the race against Trump. The US presidential election will take place in early November. “I hope you all feel the same urgency as I do,” Obama said.
Corona loosening despite rising case numbers? Paper warns Trump government
The USA is the country most severely affected by the corona pandemic* in the world. More than 1.3 million infections and more than 78,000 corona deaths have now been reported in the United States. During the week, an internal agency document from its authorities warned of another massive escalation: