* Former president hit out at Trump in web talk to ex-administration officials
* Obama said administration’s response to pandemic is ‘spotty and anemic’
* Former president also blamed Trump for exacerbating ‘tribal’ strife in country
* Comments were sharpest attack by Obama aimed at President Trump
* Trump defended performance during pandemic despite nearly 78,000 dead
* President has claimed his travel ban on China saved millions of lives
The Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been an ‘absolute chaotic disaster,’ former President Barack Obama said on Friday.
President Trump’s predecessor blamed the current occupant of the Oval Office and his allies for exacerbating ‘tribal’ tensions around the country, which he says has hampered the effort to reduce total number of cases nationwide.
Audio of the web call in which Obama spoke was obtained by Yahoo News.
‘What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy – that has become a stronger impulse in American life,’ the president said.
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WNU Editor: In the Western world ruling governments and opposition parties have joined together under difficult circumstances to combat a pandemic that is causing incredible harm to the world. I find it inspiring that there is a global recognition that this is a unique event, and that people need to work together to fight this pandemic. I see it in the country I live in (Canada), and I see it in the U.S. between the federal government and the states. There are of course some disputes (in both Canada and the U.S.), but I noticed that these differences were always temporary. As I said, there is a general understanding that people need to work together to handle what is an extraordinary emergency. It is unfortunate that former President Obama has decided to pursue a course of action that is political and deeply divisive. I am not surprised that the mainstream media and progressives are applauding him for his remarks, but for everyone else, this is definitely not a time for partisan politics.
Obama lashes out at Trump in call with supporters — AP
In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic — Reuters
‘Chaotic disaster’: Obama hits Trump’s coronavirus response, warns of disinformation ahead of election — NBC
Obama Blasts Trump’s Coronavirus Response as ‘Absolute Chaotic Disaster’ — US News and World Report
Obama says coronavirus response has been a ‘chaotic disaster,’ blames ‘selfish’ mindset — FOX News
Obama says White House response to coronavirus has been ‘absolute chaotic disaster’ — CNN