Trump's handling of the pandemic has long been a source of controversy amongst medical professionals. But his latest response might just be the most extreme move he's made yet.
Between calling it the "Chinese" virus and playing down the severity of the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesTrump hasn't exactly been praised for his handling of the ongoing medical crisis.
Trump has remained valiantly confident in America's resilience to the virus.In January, shortly after the initial 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 cases here 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 perhaps 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.
via: Getty“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.
via: GettyAnd 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.
via: GettyOn March 13th, mere days after he compared the pandemic to the common flu, he finally declared a national emergency.
This move freed up around $50 billion in federal funding...
via: GettyAnd promised a new screening website and more drive-by medical tests.
It seems that now, President Trump is finally taking the pandemic seriously.
In presser, Trump says “we have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about.” Trump was first briefed abo… https://t.co/nMe2l4GxN1— Dan Diamond (@Dan Diamond)1584388264.0
The President has been doing some serious backtracking.
Trump: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was declared a pandemic.” https://t.co/v3B3UQhbdM— Jan Postma (@Jan Postma)1584463905.0
Yet, despite his sudden change of heart, his stance on the matter seems to have still riled a lot of people up.Including, former president, Barack Obama, who chimed in on the topic last week.
Obama first tweeted about the matter...
via: Getty ImagesAnd he didn't hold back.
It seems he thinks Trump has been downplaying the pandemic.
via: Getty Images"We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic," he wrote, without directly naming the president.
We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more c… https://t.co/dUUGeOI8VK— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1585667944.0
And he wasn't finished there.
via: GettyObama has yet again taken a subtle, yet pretty obvious swipe at the President's handling of the pandemic.
On Thursday, Obama took part in a virtual meeting arranged by Bloomberg Philanthropies...
via: GettyIn which he gave advice to a group of America's Mayors on how to effectively be a leader throughout the pandemic.
He first urged them to consistently "speak the truth."
via: Getty“Speak the truth. Speak it clearly. Speak it with compassion," he said. “Speak it with empathy for what folks are going through." It doesn't take a genius to see that this is definitely one of Trump's downfalls...
He then went on to warn them of the "biggest mistake" a leader can make in this crisis.
via: Getty“The biggest mistake any [of] us can make in these situations is to misinform, particularly when we’re requiring people to make sacrifices and take actions that might not be their natural inclination." Burn.
Though no names were called...
via: GettyIt was pretty obvious that he was referring to Trump's frequent, and rather embarrassing blunders and mistakes during his press conferences.
He finished by reminding them to surround themselves with smart people.
via: Getty“The more smart people you have around you, and the less embarrassed you are to ask questions, the better your response is going to be."
Is it time for an Obama mic drop yet?But Trump's latest move has shocked even the most level-headed of pundits.
He has officially stopped all US funding of the World Health Organization.
via: TwitterAnd even accused WHO of "severely mismanaging and covering up" the virus.
"The reality is that the WHO failed to adequately obtain and share information in a timely and transparent fashion."
via: Twitter"We have deep concerns about whether America's generosity has been put to the best use possible." We can't even guess what Trump will do next. But for more weird virus news, keep scrolling to hear how Obama may have predicted this pandemic back in 2014...