Former President Obama criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to forgive Michael Flynn: reports Republican John James in Michigan Senate race MORE Tuesday over his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone Colbert Obama to sit with Stephen Colbert for interview Hugh Grant reveals he had COVID-19: ‘My eyeballs felt about three sizes too big’ Colbert shocks up and talked about Trump briefing: ‘I did not expect that this would break my heart ‘MORE“Obama said it would have been difficult for anyone to deal with the pandemic. However, he noted that Canada’s death rate, which is lower than the United States, shows what could have been in the United States.
“Let’s take Canada, where the mortality rate is 39 percent our per capita. Inhabitant, right? It is a goal because if we had done the work, it is not rocket science, we are not talking about inventing vaccines. “I am happy to see the vaccines coming on board,” Obama said.
“Initially communicate effectively and respect science. “Do not undermine the leading epidemiologist in the country and say he is an idiot,” Obama added. “Being consistent in terms of masks and social distance does not imply that this is an act of oppression, but rather just common sense that prevents people from getting sick.”
Obama also said these steps would have saved more lives and that people would feel more confident in making daily decisions.
“If we had just taken these steps, there is no doubt that we would have saved some lives,” Obama said. “And ironically, the economy would be better because we would not swing back and forth in the ways we have, and people would feel more confident in making daily decisions to act or go out. “
. @BarackObama felt a lot of frustration when they saw the current administration pour their pandemic reaction. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/cDeZFPD3Yk
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Trump has repeatedly downplayed the coronavirus pandemic and has been absent from meetings of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He and his allies have also urged Americans to resist new guidelines aimed at limiting the spread ahead of winter.
It was first reported in March that the Obama administration went the incoming government through a hypothetical scenario in which a worse pandemic than the Spanish flu in 1918 shut down cities like Seoul and London in early 2017.
Obama later brought it up on the campaign trail for the elected president Joe BidenJoe Biden Minnesota confirms Biden victory Trump tells Allies he plans to forgive Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff have spoken to Fauci: ‘He has been very, very helpful’ MORE.
“We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook,” Obama said said during an October meeting in Philadelphia. “They probably used it to, I do not know, support a wobbly table somewhere.”