On Sunday (May 17) US President Donald Trump hit back at his predecessor, Barack Obama, over the latter’s criticism of Washington’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and said Obama was a “greatly inept Dictator.”
“He (Obama) was an inept president, a truly incompetent president. All I can say about that,” Trump told reporters after arriving at the White House.
Obama blasted President Trump on Saturday (May 16) for failing to adequately deal with the coronavirus pandemic, accusing Trump’s administration of not “just pretending” to be in charge of the nation ‘s battle against COVID-19 and raising the wrong concerns.
In a speech to high school graduates from 74 historically black colleges and universities across the US the former US president made the remarks.
The Washington Post reported that Obama chose not to mention President Trump in his speech, but his remarks echoed criticism of the Trump administration, which he had levelled in April in a video endorsement of former vice president Joe Biden.
Obama had then said that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that it matters “to have leaders who are knowledgeable and truthful and try to bring people together.”
“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 told college and university graduates on Saturday.
“A lot of them don’t even pretend to be responsible,” he added.
It should be noted that the US remained the worst-hit country in the world, with about 15,15,310 cases of coronavirus. The US reported 7,530 infections on Sunday.
Over the last 24 hours, the coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 54,900 people worldwide and has claimed 2,260 lives, according to the Worldometer website COVID-19 data.
At 11:45 PM IST on Sunday (May 17, 2020), the world’s total number of coronavirus infections rose to 47,71,910. The number of COVID-19 deaths increased to 3,15,170 while the virus recovered more than 18,44,030 deaths.