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Donald Trump has reacted angrily to his predecessor Barack Obamas criticism of his administrations response to the coronavirus, saying the 44th president was grossly incompetent in office, despite presiding over almost 90,000 American deaths from the outbreak himself.
While Obama has kept a dignified silence for much of Trumps tenure, his recent return to the limelight to back Joe Biden has seen the president attempt to mire him in controversy by whipping up a spurious conspiracy theory involving the FBI and attempts to entrap his incoming officials in 2017.
Eric Trump, the presidents son, has meanwhile been branded unbelievably reckless by Biden for suggesting the pandemic is a Democratic plot to stop his father campaigning and will magically disappear after election day in November.
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  • President lashes out at Obama over coronavirus response criticism
  • Eric Trump says virus will ‘magically disappear’
  • Economic adviser Peter Navarro says CDC ‘let country down’

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2020-05-18T09:15:00.000Z
Eric Trump says virus will ‘magically disappear’
The presidents son has meanwhile been branded unbelievably reckless by Joe Biden for suggesting the pandemic is a Democratic plot to stop his father campaigning and will magically disappear after election day in November.
The Trump Organisations executive vice president was speaking to Jeanine Pirro in an appearance on Fox News on Saturday night in a segment focused on the need to reopen the economy when he commenced his attack on the opposition.
Theyll milk it every single day between now and November 3rd, and guess what, after November 3rd, coronavirus will magically all of a sudden go away and disappear and everyone will be about reopen, he said.
Eric argued the Biden campaign strategy is to use the fatal Covid-19 outbreak to its advantage by not having to have its candidate out on stage in public making some horrible blunder. He also said that they are happy to see the Trump campaign as at a disadvantage by not being able to hold its large rallies.
Theyre trying to deprive [President Trump] of his greatest asset, which is the fact that the American people love him, the fact that he is relatable, the fact that he can go out there and draw massive crowds, he continued.
Heres Oliver OConnell again.

  • Joe Sommerlad
  • 18 May 2020 10:16

2020-05-18T08:55:00.000Z
President lashes out at Obama over coronavirus response criticism
While Obama has kept a dignified silence for much of Trumps tenure, his recent return to the limelight to back Joe Biden has seen the president attempt to mire him in controversy by whipping up a spurious conspiracy theory involving the FBI and attempts to entrap his incoming officials in 2017.
Trump escalated his war of words with Obama after returning from Camp David, where he had spent the weekend, after being asked by a reporter about his predecessors comments to university graduates in a speech on Saturday.
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 theyre doing, Obama told his audience. A lot of them arent even pretending to be in charge.
So, if the world is going to get better, its going to be up to you.
Democratic senator Mazie Hirono said on MSNBC last night that, in accusing Obama of corruption, Trump was definitely projecting.
Heres Oliver OConnells report.

  • Joe Sommerlad
  • 18 May 2020 09:53

2020-05-18T08:40:00.000Z
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  • Joe Sommerlad
  • 18 May 2020 09:53