Obama issues veiled rebuke of Trump's coronavirus response

Obama issues veiled rebuke of Trump's coronavirus response
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Former President Barack Obama has, for the most part, been keeping a low profile in 2020 — and he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the Democratic presidential primary. But on Tuesday, March 31, Obama appeared critical of the Trump Administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the president's reported plan to roll back vehicles admissions standards.

Obama tweeted, “We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”

With that tweet, Obama was seemingly attacking the Trump Administration not only for denying climate change, but also, for being slow to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. For weeks, President Donald Trump and many of his supporters in right-wing media denied that coronavirus posed a major threat to the United States.

Gina McCarthy, former administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was critical of the Trump Administration’s environmental policy as well. On March 31, McCarthy asserted that the Trump Administration’s latest fuel admissions standards “will harm the air we breathe, stall progress in fighting the climate crisis and increase the cost of driving. The only winner from this action is the oil industry, which wants us stuck driving dirty gas guzzlers as long as possible.”

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