President Donald Trump has grown jealous of the media coverage of COVID-19, former US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in his neutral speaking style, accusing his successor of turning the White House into a “hot zone.”
“He’s jealous of the media coverage of COVID!” Obama remarked during a drive-by campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, one of the main battlefield states.
Over the past few days, Obama, the most popular Democratic leader, has held several election meetings in Florida.
“If he had focused on COVID from the start, the cases would not reach new records …”, he continued.
Trump “turned the White House into a hot spot,” he said.
“And over the weekend his chief of staff – and I’m quoting here, I’m not making this up – his chief of staff on a news program said, ‘We’re not going not control the pandemic “. “Yes he did and yes we noticed it,” Obama said.
The former president slammed Trump for saying “not much” when asked if he would change his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Not a lot? Not a lot? Really? Not much? You can’t think of anything you could do differently,” Obama said, noting how Trump said “to inject bleach” to those infected. during a press conference at the White House.
“Think how badly the tourism industry has been hit here in Orlando, here in Florida,” Obama said, noting that the state has already “lost a spring training season”.
Seeking to vote for his vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Obama said he would not “screw up the tests.”
“He’s not going to screw up the tests, he’s not going to call the dumb scientists, he’s not going to run super-spray events in the White House and then do it on tour across the country,” he said.
In his remarks, Obama joked about Trump’s often boasting about being the second best president in black America after Abraham Lincoln with a member of the public shouting a big “BOO” at his remark.
The ex-president highlighted the remarks made by Jared Kushner Monday on Fox & Friends.
“His son-in-law says black people have to want to be successful,” Obama said.
“That’s the problem. Who are these people? What history books are they reading? Who are they talking to?”
Obama indicated that Amy Coney Barrett was going to the Supreme Court and brought back a previous rallying cry: “Don’t boo – vote.”
“Our current president – he complains that ’60 minutes’ – is too hard. Do you think he’s going to stand up to dictators? He thinks Lesley Stahl is a tyrant,” he said.
Obama said Trump suggested that the leaders of China, North Korea and Russia want him.
“We know. We know that because you gave them what you want. Of course, they want you to win. That’s not a good thing. You shouldn’t be bragging that some of our biggest opponents want that you are in power, ”he told me.
“Why are you bragging about this? It just doesn’t make sense.” Mocking Trump for pushing conspiracy theories, he said, “It’s not OK.”
The former president said he missed being able to interact with babies during the COVID era campaign.
“Look at that little package right there,” he told a member of the audience, saying the little one probably smelled like a newborn baby.
“Congratulations,” Obama said.
A number of Trump supporters staged a peaceful protest outside the Obama event venue.