Monday, May 16, 2022

Barack Obama Takes Aim at Donald Trump’s Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Trump meets with black supporters
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 27: African-American supporters lay their hands on U.S. President Donald Trump as they pray for him at the conclusion of a news conference and meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House February 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. The president talked about the economic advances African-Americans have made under his administration, about the government’s response to the global coronavirus threat and how dishonest he thinks the news media can be to him. He did not answer reporters’ questions about the S&P 500 taking its worst loss in almost nine years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

*Former President Barack Obama appeared to take aim at President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, tweeting Tuesday that Americans should “demand better of our government”

As of Wednesday morning, there are 188,578 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 3,890 deaths, according to reports. 

“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama wrote, without directly naming Trump.

Obama also linked the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak to Trump’s decision to ease up on fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks introduced by Obama in 2012 and designed to combat the climate crisis, USA Today reports. 

“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 added, linking to an article announcing the rollback of environmental mileage standards.

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Meanwhile, Trump and his coronavirus task force members said on Tuesday that as COVID-19 spreads across the country, 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will die from it. 

Trump also noted that the national quarantine is working and that extending it is essential to curb the spread of the virus. Without community mitigation, the physicians advising the federal pandemic response team predicts 1.5 million to 2.2 million Americans could die of COVID-19.

“Our country is in the midst of a great national trial unlike any it has ever faced before,” Trump said at a news conference. He went on to urge Americans to “make sacrifices” and warned of the “painful” days ahead.

“This is going to be a very painful — very, very painful two weeks,” Trump said, noting that the country could transition back to normal after April. 

“It’s going to be like a burst of light, I really think, and I hope,” Trump said. “Our strength will be tested, our endurance will be tried, but America will answer with love and courage and ironclad resolve.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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