What a ‘screw-up’! Obama lashes back at Trump over virus response

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What a ‘screw-up’! Obama lashes back at Trump over virus response

Ex-US president finally responds to White House claims of spying, and that he didn’t prepare for the pandemic

Harriet Alexander

Barack Obama has delivered a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, saying the country was “so screwed up” and that those in power “aren’t even pretending to be in charge”.

In a rare attack on his successor, but without mentioning anyone by name, the former president strongly criticised Trump’s handling of the crisis in two online addresses.

“More than anything, 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 said in his first address, directed at graduates of historically black colleges and universities...

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