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#ObamaGate: Trump Steps Up Attack Against Obama As Private Call Of Ex-US President Leaks Online

Donald Trump last night stepped up his attacks on Barack Obama after his predecessor slammed his 'chaotic' coronavirus response in a leaked conference call.
Replying to one tweet claiming that Obama 'is the first Ex-President to ever speak against his successor,' Trump wrote: 'He got caught, OBAMAGATE!'

It comes after a recording of Obama's half hour web call with the Obama Alumni Association leaked on Friday, during which he asserted that Trump's response to the COVID-19 crisis had been an 'absolute chaotic disaster.'

Several of Trump's tweets claimed that Obama knew the details of a call between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak in 2016 - at the centre of what Trump calls the 'Impeachment Scam.'

Flynn's case was dropped last week, spurring Obama to tell his alums on Friday that the US 'rule of law' is at risk.

In response, Trump re-tweeted Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) who said: 'Obama's FBI targeted President Trump and his allies before the 2016 election. Scary!' Trump added: '...And we caught them and their illegal activities!'

Trump was also keen to highlight how his administration had dealt with Beijing compared to Obama's cosy relationship with President Xi Jinping which had 'allowed China 'to grow to the dominant dictatorship superpower that it is.'

'We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic, especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source, entering the USA,' Trump tweeted.

'Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu. Poor marks, bad polls - didn't have a clue!'

About one year after Obama took office, the H1N1 pandemic hit the U.S. – and in October 2009 he declared the outbreak a national emergency.

Obama last week blamed Trump for exacerbating 'tribal' tensions around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, which he says has hampered the effort to reduce the total number of cases nationwide.

Audio of the web call where Obama made the comments was obtained by Yahoo News, who then released a report of the details of the call Friday.

'What we're fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy - that has become a stronger impulse in American life,' the former president said.

'And by the way, we're seeing that internationally as well,' Obama continued. 'It's part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty.'

'It would have been bad even with the best of governments,' he claimed. 'It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset - of 'what's in it for me' and 'to heck with everybody else' - when that mindset is operationalized in our government.'

He also re-asserted his endorsement for his former vice president, and the presumed Democratic nominee: 'That's why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden.'

There's currently more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus and 78,000 deaths in the U.S. – and several state and local governments have begun reopening and ending lockdown and stay-at-home orders after months of economic downturn.

Trump boasted Sunday in one of his tweets, 'So great to see our Country starting to open up again!,' including an image of his Los Angeles club reopening for golfers.

Excluding campaign speeches during the 2018 midterm elections, Obama has largely been quiet since Trump took office and replaced him after defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016 – he has especially steered clear of directly criticizing the current president by name.

Obama's comments on the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic were a much sharper attack on his successor than he has issued in the past.

Last month, Obama offered veiled criticism of Trump over the COVID-19 crisis, claiming that there was no 'coherent national plan' to address the outbreak.

'While we continue to wait for a coherent national plan to navigate this pandemic, states like Massachusetts are beginning to adopt their own public health plans to combat this virus––before it's too late,' the former president tweeted.

Obama used the tweet to issue an attack on the president, but also praised Massachusetts for its response to the pandemic with a New Yorker article titled: It's Not Too Late to Go on Offense Against the Coronavirus.

As several states continue to lament that they do not have the supplies to administer enough testing, some have taken matters into their own hands.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker launched a plan for full-scale, statewide testing, which will be used to implement effective quarantine and treatment systems.

The state was able to increase the number of tests administered from just 41 on March 9 to more than eight thousand by April 17.

Obama also attacked his successor at the end of March as Trump signed the CARES Act to provide $2.2 trillion in economic stimulus and relief for Americans and small businesses.

'We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,' the two-term Democrat tweeted last month.

Obama also praised Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's (left) response to the virus, and in his tweet linked to an article about the state dramatically increasing its testing capabilities

'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 continued at the time.

This election year has been upended by the pandemic. With no vaccine in sight and the number of cases climbing, some states have started to gradually reopen their economies while others have maintained a lockdown.

The Trump administration has been scrutinized for its response to the pandemic.

Reports in several media outlets indicated that Trump played down the severity of the coronavirus even while his own experts were urging him to take it seriously.

Top Trump administration officials like Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and trade adviser Peter Navarro reportedly sounded the alarm about a pandemic reaching American shores as early as late January, but the president failed to heed the warnings.

Critics said the valuable time that was lost could have been used to ramp up testing as well as provide medical professionals adequate supplies of personal protective equipment in order to better deal with the pandemic.

Trump has also been criticized for mixed messaging - touting social distancing and preventative measures on the one hand but then urging his supporters to 'liberate' states through mass demonstrations on the other.

The president has also made comments that have prompted mockery and scorn from the public, including his suggestion that cleaning disinfectants could be ingested into the body in order to treat COVID-19.
Trump, for his part, has claimed that his decision to shut down travel from China saved lives, though the administration has allowed flights from China carrying American citizens and legal residents to continue landing in the country.

The record unemployment rate reported on Friday captured the pain of a nation where tens of millions of jobs suddenly vanished, devastating the economy and forcing Trump to overcome historic headwinds to win a second term.

Just a few short months ago, Trump planned to campaign for re-election on the back of a robust economy – but with an unemployment rate of 14.7 per cent, the highest since the Great Depression, some states crucial to Trump's victory are suffering financially.

The president is now tasked with convincing voters that the catastrophic jobs losses were the result of the pandemic - not his management of the public health crisis.

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