Obama: Trump's handling of pandemic an 'absolute chaotic disaster'

Obama: Trump's handling of pandemic an 'absolute chaotic disaster'

"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, who endorsed Biden officially last month, said.

Obama also had sharp criticism for the Justice Department's decision to drop its criminal case against Trump's former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russia's ambassador.

"And, by the way, we're seeing that internationally as well".

During the call, Obama said his Republican successor's approach to government was partly to blame for the USA response to coronavirus.

US President Donald Trump has hit back at fresh criticism from Barack Obama by saying he "didn't have a clue" while handling the 2009 swine flu pandemic. "It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mind-set - of "what's in it for me" and "to heck with everybody else" - when that mind-set is operationalized in our government".

Obama communications director Katie Hill confirmed the call to CBS News, and said that its objective was to "to touch base during this time, and to talk about the importance of helping elect Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot this fall".

"I'm going to be spending as much time is necessary and campaigning as far as I can for Joe Biden". That's the kind of stuff where you begin to get anxious that basic - not just institutional norms - but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. "Now I believe the decision by the Justice Department lays bare what was clearly prosecutorial abuse, and for my part, I'd be happy to see Michael Flynn again", he said.

But in 2017, the former president pardoned retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, who, like Flynn, had pleaded guilty to charges that he lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. The Department of Justice has moved to drop its case against him.

In 2017, Trump said he had fired Flynn for misleading Pence about his dealings with Russia's U.S. ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trump took office. Trump has defended Flynn as an "innocent man" who was targeted by the Obama administration. Thanks to last week's revelations, the dots are being connected that take this scandal directly to Obama's Oval Office. Roughly two weeks later, Trump named Flynn as his national security adviser but in February 2017, Flynn would resign after intelligence leaks about his secret discussions about sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington and efforts by Flynn to cover them up.

"Instead of unifying the country to accelerate our public health response and get economic relief to those who need it, President Trump is reverting to a familiar strategy of deflecting blame and dividing Americans".

Obama used the strongest words for the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus crisis and its worldview, CNN noted.

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