Trump calls Obama “grossly incompetent” when asked about criticism of the pandemic response
President Trump called former President Obama “severely incompetent” when he was asked on Sunday for criticism of the criticism that his democratic predecessor had leveled off the day before.
“Look, he was an incompetent president, that’s all I say. He’s completely incompetent,” Trump told reporters on Sunday outside the White House.
He said he did not see Obama’s remarks. Nor did he comment on his former president.
An Obama spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Obama said Saturday during a virtual opening speech to historically black colleges and universities that the coronavirus epidemic has revealed a lack of leadership in the United States.
“Rather, this pandemic has finally pulled back the curtain on the idea that so many responsible people know what they are doing,” Obama said, without naming specific officials.
“A lot of people don’t even pretend to be responsible,” he added.
Democrats have widely criticized the Trump government’s response to the pandemic.
Obama has rarely criticized the Trump government right since he left office in 2017, but earlier this month CNN reported that Obama called Trump’s government’s response to the crisis an “absolute chaotic disaster” in a private conversation with his former aides.