Trump slams 'disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu' after Obama criticizes coronavirus response

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – President Donald Trump fired back Sunday amid reports that former President Barack Obama had slammed his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump tweeted: “We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic, especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source, entering the USA. Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu. Poor marks, bad polls - didn’t have a clue!”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 12,469 people in the U.S. died from the swine flu pandemic, while John Hopkins University says 78,885 in the U.S. have died from the coronavirus pandemic.

The CDC estimates there were 60.8 million cases of the swine flu in the U.S. from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010. There are currently 1.3 million cases of the coronavirus reported in the U.S.

Obama harshly criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster” during a conversation with ex-members of his administration, according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News.

Obama’s comments came during a Friday call with 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association, people who served in his administration. Obama urged his supporters to back his former vice president, Joe Biden, who is trying to unseat Trump in the Nov. 3 election.

“What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life. And by the way, we’re seeing that internationally as well. It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty,” Obama said, according to Yahoo News.

“It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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