2020-05-10 17:27:52 UTC
...- claiming his predecessor 'didn't have a clue' on how to handle swine flu
*Donald Trump clapped back at Barack Obama Sunday morning
*He claimed in the midst of a Twitter rant that his predecessor's 'didn't have a
clue' how to handle the H1N1 pandemic in 2009
*The comments came in the midst of a more than 50-tweet rampage including
several attacks against Obama and a wide variety of other topics
*He ended the rant wishing everyone a: 'HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!'
The former president hit out at Trump in web talk to ex-administration officials
which parts were shared in a Friday report after audio was obtained by Yahoo
*Obama said the 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
*On Twitter, Trump lauded Sunday that the country is beginning to reopen
Donald Trump slammed Barack Obama in the midst of a tweet rampage Sunday in
response to criticism from his predecessor of the federal response to the
The president took a hit at the former president and his No. 2, and presumed
2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden, for their handling of the 2009 Swine Flu
'We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic,
especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source,
entering the USA,' Trump touted on Twitter Sunday morning.
'Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu. Poor
marks, bad polls - didn't have a clue!'
About one year after Obama took office, the H1N1 pandemic hit the U.S. and in
October 2009 he declared the outbreak a national emergency.
Trump's more than 50-tweet rant early Sunday morning concluded just after 8:00
a.m. with a 'HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!'
The tweets and reposts covered a range of topics from slamming 'fake news,' to
investigations involving Russian interference, to the DOJ dropping the Michael
Flynn case, to the country beginning to reopen.
A few comments took aim at Obama and came just two days after the former
president asserted Friday that the current administration's response to the
COVID-19 crisis has been an 'absolute chaotic disaster.'
Several retweets part of the Twitter rant included more criticisms that Obama
knew about the details surrounding former National Security Advisor Michael
Flynn's call with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn's case was dropped last week, spurring Obama to claim during the private
call where he also insulted the president's coronavirus response that the
U.S. 'rule of law' is at risk.
'Trump also shared other tweets that highlighted supposed actions he says were
problematic during Obama's presidency.
'A pattern? Obama's IRS targeted conservatives before the 2012 election. Obama's
FBI targeted President Trump and his allies before the 2016 election. Scary!'
Trump ally and Republican representative from Ohio Jim Jordan tweeted Saturday.
Trump reposted the comment Sunday morning, adding: '...And we caught them and
their illegal activities!'
Obama blamed the current occupant of the Oval Office and his allies for
exacerbating 'tribal' tensions around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic,
which he says has hampered the effort to reduce the total number of cases
Audio of the web call where Obama made the comments was obtained by Yahoo News,
who then released a report of the details of the call Friday.
'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 former president said.
'And by the way, we're seeing that internationally as well,' Obama continued.
'It's part of the 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,' he claimed. 'It has
been an absolute 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
He also re-asserted his endorsement for his former vice president, and the
presumed Democratic nominee: '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.'
There's currently more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus and 78,000 deaths
in the U.S. and several state and local governments have begun reopening and
ending lockdown and stay-at-home orders after months of economic downturn.
Trump boasted Sunday in one of his tweets, 'So great to see our Country starting
to open up again!,' including an image of his Los Angeles club reopening for
Excluding campaign speeches during the 2018 midterm elections, Obama has largely
been quiet since Trump took office and replaced him after defeating Hillary
Clinton in 2016 he has especially steered clear of directly criticizing the
current president by name.
Obama's comments on the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic were a
much sharper attack on his successor than he has issued in the past.
Last month, Obama offered veiled criticism of Trump over the COVID-19 crisis,
claiming that there was no 'coherent national plan' to address the outbreak.
'While we continue to wait for a coherent national plan to navigate this
pandemic, states like Massachusetts are beginning to adopt their own public
health plans to combat this virusbefore it's too late,' the former president
Obama used the tweet to issue an attack on the president, but also praised
Massachusetts for its response to the pandemic with a New Yorker article titled:
It's Not Too Late to Go on Offense Against the Coronavirus.
As several states continue to lament that they do not have the supplies to
administer enough testing, some have taken matters into their own hands.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker launched a plan for full-scale, statewide
testing, which will be used to implement effective quarantine and treatment
The state was able to increase the number of tests administered from just 41 on
March 9 to more than eight thousand by April 17.
Obama also attacked his successor at the end of March as Trump signed the CARES
Act to provide $2.2 trillion in economic stimulus and relief for Americans and
'We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a
pandemic,' the two-term Democrat tweeted last month.
'We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially
young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote
this fall,' he continued at the time.
This election year has been upended by the pandemic. With no vaccine in sight
and the number of cases climbing, some states have started to gradually reopen
their economies while others have maintained a lockdown.
The Trump administration has been scrutinized for its response to the pandemic.
Reports in several media outlets indicated that Trump played down the severity
of the coronavirus even while his own experts were urging him to take it
Top Trump administration officials like Health and Human Services Secretary Alex
Azar and trade adviser Peter Navarro reportedly sounded the alarm about a
pandemic reaching American shores as early as late January, but the president
failed to heed the warnings.
Critics said the valuable time that was lost could have been used to ramp up
testing as well as provide medical professionals adequate supplies of personal
protective equipment in order to better deal with the pandemic.
Trump has also been criticized for mixed messaging - touting social distancing
and preventative measures on the one hand but then urging his supporters to
'liberate' states through mass demonstrations on the other.
The president has also made comments that have prompted mockery and scorn from
the public, including his suggestion that cleaning disinfectants could be
ingested into the body in order to treat COVID-19.
Trump, for his part, has claimed that his decision to shut down travel from
China saved lives, though the administration has allowed flights from China
carrying American citizens and legal residents to continue landing in the
The record unemployment rate reported on Friday captured the pain of a nation
where tens of millions of jobs suddenly vanished, devastating the economy and
forcing Trump to overcome historic headwinds to win a second term.
Just a few short months ago, Trump planned to campaign for re-election on the
back of a robust economy but with an unemployment rate of 14.7 per cent, the
highest since the Great Depression, some states crucial to Trump's victory are
The president is now tasked with convincing voters that the catastrophic jobs
losses were the result of the pandemic - not his management of the public health