Former President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett believes her old boss would be better at handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic than the man currently in the White House, President Trump.
In a tweet posted on Wednesday evening, Jarrett said Obama would not only be “better” but “much better” in handling the crisis.
“Someone asked me today how would @Barack Obama have handled this crisis? Answer in one word – better. Ok, two words. Much better.”
Someone asked me today how would @BarackObama have handled this crisis? Answer in one word – Better. Ok, two words. Much better.
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) April 1, 2020
Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw quickly snapped back, noting millions of Americans are suffering from the coronavirus and that this is no time for politicizing their struggle to swipe political rivals.
“Why do so many Obama administration staffers constantly try to make Americans feel awful? Highlighting policy differences is expected — but this level of vitriol?” Crenshaw tweeted in response. “During this pandemic? Why?”
Why do so many Obama administration staffers constantly try to make Americans feel awful? Highlighting policy differences is expected – but this level of vitriol? During this pandemic? Why? https://t.co/PGkiOyScrV
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 2, 2020
Jarrett is far from the only Trump critic that has weighed in on the president’s handling of the coronavirus. Trump’s 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton has repeatedly tweeted that Trump was not doing enough and the president’s likely 2020 opponent Joe Biden has made similar comments in his shadow coronavirus briefings.
Responding to Clinton’s criticism, Crenshaw told Fox News: “Somebody like Hillary Clinton is so used to taking political jabs at the president or her political opponents anytime there is an outcome that is unfortunate, but this isn’t the time.”
“This is a tragedy for all Americans, for the entire world. This newfound issue where we find the worst in each other, and we question each other’s intentions, and that happens all the time in politics, but now is not the time to do that,” he continued. “There is a pandemic going on.”
“This is what worries me about the future. We have difficult conversations about how to move to risk containment, risk mitigation, risk management, opening up society along with the threat of the pandemic. It’s going to be easy to have very disingenuous criticisms of each other and moralize against each other, but we can’t do that; we have to do this together,” the Texas Republican concluded.
The Daily Wire reports Obama’s handling of the swine flu epidemic in 2009 may be enough reason to believe he could not handle the 2020 coronavirus pandemic:
After the swine flu epidemic of 2009, medical masks were depleted, and the Obama administration did not act to replenish supply. The Los Angeles Times reported:
After the swine flu epidemic in 2009, a safety-equipment industry association and a federally sponsored task force both recommended that depleted supplies of N95 respirator masks, which filter out airborne particles, be replenished by the stockpile, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That didn’t happen, according to Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Assn.
Additionally, the first U.S. case of swine flu, which occurred in California, was identified on April 15, 2009. On April 25, the World Health Organization declared H1N1 a public health emergency, echoed by Obama one day later.
The World Health Organization declared H1N1 a pandemic on June 11 but it took Obama until October to declare a national emergency; Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency two days after WHO declared the coronavirus to be a pandemic.