President Trump lashed out at former President Barack Obama on Sunday, calling him a “grossly incompetent” president even as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll topped 90,000.
“Look, he was an incompetent president, that’s all I can say,” Trump told reporters after returning from a weekend at Camp David. “Grossly incompetent.”
President Trump: "[President Obama] was an incompetent president. That's all I can say. Grossly incompetent." pic.twitter.com/Cw6CwgxUrT
— The Hill (@thehill) May 17, 2020
Trump’s remarks came after Obama on Saturday criticized the U.S. coronavirus response in a thinly veiled swipe at the Trump administration during a virtual commencement address delivered to historically black colleges and universities.
“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said in his speech. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Obama previously criticized the Trump administration last week, when he called its Covid-19 response “an absolute chaotic disaster” during a private call with supporters who formerly worked for him.
Trump has repeatedly pushed the so-called “Obamagate” conspiracy theory in recent weeks and called for the former president to testify before Congress about the “biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the US.” Trump did not say in his tweet on Thursday what he thinks Obama should testify about.
Back in March, Trump blamed the country’s lack of coronavirus tests on the Obama administration. He has also tried to blame the Obama administration for the lack of a vaccine.
“I don’t take responsibility at all,” Trump said at a press briefing. “Because we were given a — a set of circumstances, and we were given rules, regulations and specifications from a different time.“
One of Trump’s own top health advisors, Dr. Anthony Fauci, dismissed the idea that Obama was responsible for the lack of a vaccine during a Senate hearing this week.