Washington (USA) | Jagran News Desk: Former US President Barack Obama on Saturday made a scathing attack at current President Donald Trump, calling his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as an "absolute chaotic disaster".

During a conversation with ex-members of his administration, Obama said that he is worried that the "basic understanding of rule of law is at risk".

"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, as reported by AP.

"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 added.

However, Obama's office has denied on commenting on leaked telephone call recordings.

So far, more than 78,400 people with COVID-19 have died in the US and more than 1.3 million people have tested positive.

Trump, however, has consistently defended and boasted of his response to the virus, saying that travel restrictions from China and Europe as well as social distancing guidelines have prevented far greater damage. “I think we saved millions of lives,” he said earlier this week.

Trump has also criticized the Obama administration in relation to his own administration's response to the outbreak. Yet Trump's contention that his administration inherited “a broken system and a broken test” from Obama's is false; the novel coronavirus did not exist until late last year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention struggled to develop its own test in January and then discovered problems in its kits in February.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma