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LISTEN: In Leaked Private Call, Obama Rips Trump’s Virus Response: ‘Absolute Chaotic Disaster’


LISTEN: In Leaked Private Call, Obama Rips Trump’s Virus Response: ‘Absolute Chaotic Disaster’

During a private call on Friday night with his former aides, former President Barack Obama tore into the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster.”

The scathing assessment, confirmed to CNN by three former Obama administration officials, came on a call intended to encourage members of the Obama Alumni Association to engage with former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

“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 said, according to CNN. “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.”

Obama continued to tear into the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, partly blaming the White House’s “what’s in it for me” mindset.

“It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty,” Obama said. “It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ … is operationalized in our government.”

“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 added.

Obama had previously called out a lack of “coherent national plan” as the Trump administration navigates the outbreak of COVID-19.

Obama is expected to become a more forceful Trump critic and a powerful surrogate for Biden after formally endorsing his running mate’s 2020 White House bid.

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes or our workplaces or our neighborhoods or houses of worship,” Obama said in his endorsement video. “It also has to be reflected in our national government.”

Listen to his remarks, below:


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