- President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would not have demanded the resignation of former President Barack Obama after more than 160,000 people in the United States died of the coronavirus.
- “No, I would not have done that,” Trump said. “I think it has been fantastic what we have been able to do.”
- In 2014, a few weeks before the first travel-related case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, Trump proposed that Obama resign.
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President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would not have requested the resignation of Barack Obama after more than 1
Trump spoke to White House reporters and suggested he would not blame Obama if he led the country through one of the worst pandemics in modern history.
“No, I would not have done that,” Trump said. “I think it has been fantastic what we have been able to do.”
“If we did not shut down our country, we would have had one and a half or two million people already dead,” Trump added. “We have called it right, now we do not need to close it. We understand the disease. No one understood it because no one has seen anything like it.”
Trump’s comments mark the rare occasion when he refused to blame his predecessor for his widely criticized response to the coronavirus.
While still a reality TV star and real estate mogul as a private citizen, Trump repeatedly attacked Obama over a number of issues – including how the former president approached the 2014 Ebola outbreak. At the time, Trump described Obama as a “conditional failure” over his attitude toward Ebola, claiming that Obama made the problem “much worse than it needs to be in the United States.”
Only 11 people were treated for Ebola in the United States during the 2014-2016 epidemic.
In September 2014, a few weeks before the first travel-related case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, Trump suggested in a tweet that Obama should resign.
“If Obama resigns from his office NOW and thus does a great service to the country – I will give him free lifetime golf on one of my courses!” Trump tweeted at the time.
More than 5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 163,000 people have died since Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.