Barack Obama Takes a Swipe at Donald Trump's Handling of Pandemic | 22 Words

It's safe to say that since the coronavirus outbreak, Trump has had his fair share of critics for the way he has handled it.

Now, it seems former president, Barack Obama, has uncharacteristically weighed in on the issue, taking an unprecedented swipe at Trump.

Keep scrolling to see his brutal comment...

Between calling it the "Chinese" virus and playing down the severity of the pandemic...

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Trump hasn't exactly been praised for his handling of the medical crisis.

Trump has remained valiantly confident in America's resilience to the virus.

In January, just after the initial COVID-19 outbreak, he was quizzed on his thoughts on the virus, in which he replied: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine."

And, even when the number of COVID-19 cases in America started to climb...

He remained calm, and repeatedly stressed that there was nothing to be too worried about.

Trump has persistently fought against the media regarding the pandemic.

And, at one point, even dubbed the virus as being a "fake news media" conspiracy.

And, as the months trickled by...

President Trump simply wouldn't budge from his stance on the virus and even went on to compare it to the common flu. This was one of his most dangerous and false statements about the virus, and caused plenty of outrage amongst both Americans and people all over the world.

And, the very next day, the President was accused of "lying" to the American public regarding free medical testing.

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“When people need a test, they can get a test," he said earlier this month. “When the professionals need a test, when they need tests for people, they can get the test. It’s gone really well." However, this certainly wasn't the case, and millions of Americans, to this day, are still struggling to get tested for the virus.

Things needed to change.

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And fast. As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths grew here in the States, people were growing increasingly more concerned with Trump's blaze attitude regarding the pandemic.

But, thankfully, Trump seemed to have a sudden change of heart.

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On March 13th, mere days after he compared COVID-19 to the common flu, he finally declared a national emergency.

This move freed up around $50 billion in federal funding...

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And promised a new screening website and more drive-by medical tests.

It seems that now, President Trump is finally taking the pandemic seriously.

In a press conference last month, Trump admitted: "We have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about."

The President has been doing some serious backtracking.

And insisted that he "felt it was a pandemic long before it was declared a pandemic."

He has now been sending a very different message to his people...

And, like the other world leaders have all been doing, has been encouraging his citizens to band together and support one another. However...

Right now, the U.S. has the most cases of the virus in the world.

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And the news came just days after President Trump said he wants the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter."

Trump has repeatedly expressed how eager he is to lift lockdowns within a matter of a few weeks...

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Despite warnings from experts and doctors that if the nation returns to work, COVID-19 cases could spike once again.

Although, once again, it didn't take him long to backtrack.

He admitted that the Easter deadline was "aspirational" and of course, won't be happening.

And his stance on the matter seems to have riled a lot of people up.

Including, it seems, former president, Barack Obama, who chimed in on the topic this week.

This is quite an unusual move...

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Considering Obama rarely ever weighs into the work of other presidents - mostly using his Twitter account to praise frontline workers and share advice from public health experts.

But he tweeted about the matter on Tuesday.

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And he didn't hold back...

It seems he thinks Trump has been downplaying the pandemic.

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"We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic," he wrote, without directly naming the president.

He continued:

"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 below announcing the rollback of environmental mileage standards put in place by the former president 8 years ago. For more on the pandemic, keep scrolling for the full list of every movie and TV show that has been canceled or delayed due to the virus.