Trump blasts Obama over ad featuring sit-down with Biden

President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE on Thursday slammed an ad released by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits MORE that featured former President Obama telling his former vice president the U.S. is not dealing with the coronavirus pandemic as “smartly” as other countries with similar resources.

“Obama, who wouldn’t even endorse Biden until everyone else was out of the primaries (and even then waited a long time!), is now making a commercial of support,” Trump tweeted, referring to Obama’s relative silence during the Democratic primary. 

“Remember, I wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for them. I wouldn’t be President. They did a terrible job!”


In the video, which featured a conversation between the former president and vice president, Obama said he was confident that if Biden is elected in November he will respond to the crisis effectively.

“You and I had experience dealing with health crises, public health crises, and in each instance what you and I understood, and why I have so much confidence that you're going to be able to deal with COVID in the way that other countries with our kinds of resources are dealing with it right now, which is smartly — I have confidence you're going to actually listen to the experts,” Obama told Biden.

Obama has previously criticized the current administration’s response to the pandemic, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster.” Trump has often responded to criticism of his response to the pandemic by saying he inherited a troubled system.

During their conversation Biden noted that during their administration a pandemic office was set within the White House with the goal of creating international cooperation to prepare for potential outbreak. The Trump White House disbanded the National Security Council’s office overseeing responses to pandemics in 2018.