On Friday, former President Barack Obama had a conference call with former members of his administration and during that call, a source says Obama called Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic “chaotic.”
For the most part, Obama has kept himself out of the political spotlight even as Trump has repeatedly blamed him for a variety of issues including the U.S. not having sufficient medical supplies to combat the coronavirus.
On Friday, however, during the call with 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association, Obama urged his supporters to rally behind Joe Biden.
A source familiar with the phone call spoke with Yahoo about what was discussed.
Obama stated that the election “is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party.”
“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,” he said.
He added that this is one reason why “the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty.”
“It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolutely chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government,” Obama said.
“That’s why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden,” he said.
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary claims that Trump’s COVID-19 response “has been unprecedented” and has saved American lives.
National polls are showing a tight race between Trump and Biden with just six months to go until the election. Biden has the lead in several battleground states.