Obama: Trump 'takes responsibility for nothing but takes credit for everything'

Former President Obama said Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE could benefit electorally from positive progress in the pandemic because he “takes responsibility for nothing but takes credit for everything.”

In an interview with former campaign manager David Plouffe, Obama noted that there is “no possibility of a vaccine for COVID being developed and distributed between now and the election, but it is possible that some of the trials that are being done result in us knowing before the election that a vaccine is on the way.”

Dozens of vaccines around the world are in the process of being developed, with a handful of them in the final phases of trial. The timeline is crunched significantly compared to the production of other vaccines, and even then, one is not expected to be available until at least early 2021.


“That might relieve people's anxieties, and that's good, we should hope for that,” Obama said. “But that also can change the dynamic, particularly when you have a president who takes responsibility for nothing but takes credit for everything, and you don't know how the economy might react to that. So there are a whole bunch of circumstances, most of which Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE can't control.”

Experts have feared that there may be political pressure to quickly approve a vaccine for COVID-19 before one is ready. And while there's almost no chance a vaccine will be ready by election day, some phase three trials could be showing initial results by then. 

Obama, who has been more publicly critical of Trump in recent months, said that Democrats need to focus on increasing voter turnout. He added that former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, made a "terrific decision" in choosing Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story A healthier planet and economy is worth fighting for Watch live: Harris gives remarks on the child tax credit MORE (D-Calif.) as his running mate. 

“Here's what Joe Biden and Democrats can control: making sure that we vote,” Obama said. “So, if you ask me, the single thing that I am most concerned about between now and November, it is that we do everything humanly possible to ensure that everybody who wants a change in administration actually registers that change at the ballot box, whether that is in person or by mail-in voting.”