Former US President Barack Obama said managing his successor Donald Trump’s coronavirus pandemic has been ” an absolute chaotic mess,” US media reported Saturday.
Obama made the harsh criticism, the most explicit that he has done so far, on Friday night during a half-hour telephone conversation with former collaborators of his government and from which a source obtained a recording.
In the talk, the former Democratic president mentioned the response to the health crisis to refer to the need to choose good leaders and ask his former advisers to get involved in the campaign of Joe Biden, his former vice president and virtual Democratic candidate for president in November. in front of Trump.
And he added that the real adversary is the “long-term trends” such as ” being tribal, being divided, seeing others as enemies “, which threaten to settle in ” American life .”
Still very popular with Democrats, Obama previously hinted that the Republican billionaire had ” dismissed warnings ” about the risks of a pandemic.
Trump’s detractors accuse the president of having minimized the threat first and after giving contradictory and confusing instructions, among calls for caution and the rush to revive the economy.
In the Friday conversation, Obama also referred to the controversial Justice Department decision to close the case against Michael Flynn, a former Trump adviser on trial for lying about his contacts with a Russian diplomat.
” When you take that path, this can go very quickly, as we have seen elsewhere, ” he added and asked not to underestimate this event.
There too, he stresses, there is a reason to support his former vice president.