Obama Rages at Trump’s COVID Response in Podcast Appearance

The closer we get to the 2020 election, the more we’re going to see from former President Barack Obama.

Trump’s predecessor, (and his antithesis in many ways), is heading back out on the campaign trail in the coming weeks, hoping to seal the deal for Joe Biden in major swing states.  Think of it as the “secret weapon” that Biden has been saving for these late stages of this rough and rugged campaign.

But before Obama hits the road, he’s got a few digs to get in at the expense of the current occupant of the Oval Office.

In a thinly veiled critique of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, former President Obama said Wednesday that “basic competence” among U.S. leaders can save lives.

“You might not have been happy with everything I did, all my policy choices,” Obama said during an interview on the left-leaning “Pod Save America.”

“I didn’t eliminate poverty in America,” he continued. “But when we had a pandemic or the threat of pandemic, we had competent people in place who would deal with it.”

And that’s not all:

“Even our enemies can expect us to behave like adults on the international stage,” Obama said. “Over the last four years, it’s not as if Trump has been all that active internationally. I mean, the truth is he doesn’t have the patience and the focus to really substantially change a lot of U.S. foreign policy. What he’s done is, he’s systematically tried to decimate our entire foreign policy infrastructure.”

Biden is polling higher than Trump nationally at this time, and the addition of Obama to the campaign team is likely meant to seal the deal in certain swing states that Donald Trump would need to carry in order to have a shot at reelection.