Former President Barack Obama joined in with the growing chorus of criticism being levelled at President Donald Trump over his administration’s slow and sloppy response to the coronavirus crisis, commenting on Twitter about the lack of “a coherent national plan to navigate this pandemic.”
Obama did not mention Trump by name in his tweet on Wednesday in which he pointed out how “states like Massachusetts are beginning to adopt their own public health plans to combat this virus – before it’s too late.”
But for many tweeters, it was crystal clear who Obama’s ire was toward:
For weeks, Trump and his administration (buoyed by Fox News’ most-watched personalities including Sean Hannity) initially downplayed the threat of the contagion that has now killed more than 47,000 people nationwide. The US is now the epicentre of the virus, with almost 850,000 confirmed cases.
Trump has also used his daily coronavirus task force briefings to hype unproven cures and attack journalists, while also trying to blame the Obama administration.
Obama last month similarly criticised Trump over his pandemic response with the tweet below, urging voters to “demand better of our government.”