Barack Obama Appears Quite Unfazed By Mitch McConnell's Request He Keep His 'Mouth Shut' About Trump Admin's COVID-19 Response
The former president drew ire from Republicans for tweeting "we can still make real progress" if the U.S. starts making better policy decisions.
May 14, 2020 at 3:09 pm
After a private call where Barack Obama criticized America’s COVID-19 relief efforts was leaked, a clearly offended Sen. Mitch McConnell said the former president, who left a 69-page guide to handling a pandemic before leaving office, shouldn't comment on the current administration's troublesome handling of the coronavirus.
"It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government,” Obama said during a call with the Obama Alumni Association on Friday, reports Reuters.
The Kentucky Republican took part in a virtual interview with the president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, on Monday and responded to the leaked call, The Hill reported.
“I think President Obama should’ve kept his mouth shut. We know he doesn’t like much this administration is doing," McConnell said.
Obama didn't mention Trump by name, but McConnell has resigned to calling Obama classless for his criticisms of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response.
“I think it’s a little bit classless, frankly, to critique an administration that comes after you,” McConnell said. “You had your shot. You were there for eight years.”
Unfazed by the senator’s rebuke, the 44th president continued poking holes at the government strategy on Wednesday, tweeting out a post that shared advice gathered from health experts in a Vox article.
“Despite all the time that’s been lost, we can still make real progress against the virus, protect people from the economic fallout, and more safely approach something closer to normal if we start making better policy decisions now,” he tweeted.