WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has called his predecessor Barack Obama an “incompetent president” following Obama’s criticism of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic. Obama told college graduates in a live-streamed speech on Saturday that “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." He did not mention anyone by name.
Asked about the remark on Sunday, Trump said: "Look, he was an incompetent president, that's all I can say. Grossly incompetent." The U.S. has become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 1.5 million confirmed cases and close to 90,000 deaths. Critics have accused the administration of exacerbating the situation by ignoring the gravity of the outbreak in the crucial early weeks.
Earlier Sunday, the top U.S. health official rejected the charge that the government had failed its people.
"It could have been vastly, vastly worse," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN. He said the U.S. over the last two months was "able to flatten the curve" of the number of coronavirus cases in order to give health care workers a chance to deal with the onslaught of patients needing care.
Trump said on Twitter, "Doing REALLY well, medically, on solving the CoronaVirus situation (Plague!). It will happen!"
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