Barack Obama (58) has been reluctant to criticize his successor Donald Trump (73) in recent years. Only in the election campaign for the US mid-term elections a year and a half ago did the president interfere in current American politics from 2009 to 2017. But now, given the escalating corona crisis in the United States, the Democrat has spoken out again.
On Twitter, Obama openly criticized the fact that the consequences of some having ignored the “warnings of a pandemic” had now been “dreadfully seen”. He linked an article in the “LA Times” that deals with a new Trump order. Background: The current government virtually reversed an important pillar of Obama’s environmental policy on Tuesday, massively relaxing the regulations for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. “We can no longer afford further consequences of denying climate change,” said Obama.
American corona and climate policy
The ex-US president thus links Trump’s corona policy with the current US climate policy. In fact, the White House is run by experts and American media news/ausland/corona-krise-in-den-usa-vom-scherz-zum-nationalen-notstand-das-protokoll-des-grauens-so-krass-hat-donald-trump-versagt-id15799782.html” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>sharply criticized for the initially neglectful handling of Covid-19. Donald Trump played down the dangers for weeks, called the virus a “joke” and predicted that everything would be over in April.
Obama wants to recognize similarities in Trump’s climate policy. The facts: Trump denies climate change, although 97 percent of scientists are convinced and warn of the consequences. The U.S. president canceled the Paris climate deal in 2017 – the U.S. formal exit is expected on November 4, 2020. Trump has also reversed various cornerstones of Obama’s climate policy in his almost three and a half years in office, for example, the regulations for coal-fired power plants were relaxed again.
Trump has also attacked Obama because of Corona
However, the Corona criticism is not only one-sided. news/ausland/seitenhieb-gegen-ex-us-praesident-trump-attackiert-obama-wegen-coronavirus-id15781423.html” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Trump has also directly attacked Obama because of Covid-19. In mid-March, when there were only a few corona tests in the United States, the US President said: “We have not been prepared for a major pandemic because of the inactivity of the health authority for decades.” He also complained: “Changes by Obama have further complicated the situation.” Ultimately, he made a comparison to the 2009 US swine flu response, which the Obama administration was responsible for. “It was a complete disaster with thousands of deaths,” said Trump.
In the meantime, the corona crisis in the United States has worsened to such an extent that far more deaths are expected than with swine flu. On Tuesday evening (local time) there were over 185,000 infected people and more than 3,700 corona deaths. The White House said that up to 240,000 fatalities are expected – even if the current social distancing rules are observed.