Oct 25, 2020 08:36 UTC
  • Obama, Biden lay into Trump over his coronavirus response

Former US president Barack Obama and his vice president Joe Biden, the current Democratic candidate for the Nov. 3 presidential election, have accused Donald Trump of a massive screw-up in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Press TV, their remarks came on Saturday as a record number of 55,537 new cases were reported and 562 died across the country on the same day with a further surge expected as cold weather arrives.

And while a majority of voters say Trump has handled the crisis poorly, the US president, who is trailing in polls with 9 days to go until the election, remained ebullient.

"That's Donald Trump's presidency," Biden said during a drive-in rally, one of two events in his native Pennsylvania, a critical swing state on Saturday.

"Donald Trump said, and is still saying, we're rounding the corner. It's going away. We're learning how to live with it," Biden said, adding, "We're not learning how to live with it. You're asking us to learn how to die with it and it's wrong."

Also, Obama slammed the Trump administration's response to the disease, telling supporters at a drive-in rally in Miami, Florida, "The idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this thing up is nonsense."

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," Obama added, referring to Trump's hospitalization for COVID-19 three weeks ago.

The former president also touched upon Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy, and the many times he has lied in public, among other issues, calling on voters to vote for Biden.

"We can make things better... That's what voting is about, not making things perfect, but making things better," he said.

"If we vote up and down the ticket like never before, we will elect Joe Biden."