Obama highlights Biden's tweet from a year ago warning Trump wasn't ready for pandemic

Former President Obama on Sunday called on voters to support Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE, sharing a tweet the former vice president posted on the same day in 2019 warning that President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE was not prepared for a pandemic. 

In the 2019 tweet, which came far before the coronavirus pandemic was on Americans' radar, Biden wrote, "We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores."

Obama retweeted Biden, saying the former vice president has "a plan to get it under control."


Biden's initial tweet linked to a report by The Washington Post that warned 195 countries were unprepared for a possible pandemic, including the U.S. 

The Post cited former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonColin Kahl's nomination will be a disaster for Israel and the region Why is the Biden administration more interested in confrontation than cooperation? Trump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report MORE's decision under Trump to disband a unit on global health security and biodefense as one reason the U.S. score on pandemic preparedness was not ideal. The global health team was created under Obama and Biden in response to the Ebola pandemic. 

It was reported in March that the Obama administration had walked incoming Trump administration officials through a hypothetical scenario in which a pandemic worse than the 1918 flu shut down major cities. The briefing on the hypothetical pandemic warned of scenarios that have since taken place during the coronavirus pandemic, including ventilator shortages.

Obama, who for the duration of Trump's presidency has kept his criticism of the administration quiet, has recently hit the campaign trail with Biden. In his latest public statements, Obama has been more outspoken about Trump's handling of the pandemic and other policy issues.