Kudlow Fires Back at Obama’s Criticism of Coronavirus Response: ‘It Just Sounds so Darn Political’

Former President Barack Obama (D) says the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is “spotty” and an “absolute chaotic disaster.”

But, Larry Kudlow, the head of the National Economic Council, says he does not “understand” what Obama has to criticize about the response. 

“With all due respect to the former president, I really don’t want to get into a political back and forth here, I just don’t know what he’s talking about,” Kudlow said in an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday. 

“With all the assistance we’ve done. With all the infrastructure that we, the Trump administration, working with governors, and mayors, and with Congress. With respect to testing, with respect to all manner of PPE medical equipment, with respect to ventilators,” he added.

Kudlow went on to talk about President Donald Trump’s efforts to lean on the private sector to produce equipment and testing needed to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. 

“I don’t understand what President Obama is saying. It just sounds so darn political,” Kudlow said.

He continued:

“What we have done may not be 100 percent perfect. These things happen once every 100 years, but the overall picture is we created a massive health and safety infrastructure to deal with the pandemic here in the United States, and judging from the results, where there has been a flattening in the rate of growth in infection rates and mortality rates. It’s working. We’re preparing to reopen the economy.”

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Kudlow’s comments were in response to leaked audio from a phone call Obama had with former members of his administration, as IJR reported.

During the call, Obama ripped into the government’s handling of the outbreak, “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.”

The latest data finds that more than 1,300,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. and over 79,000 deaths. 


  1. Tom, I think your rockers are broken. Your comment could be interpreted as an encouragement for someone to cause physical harm to the President.
    I do believe that the leadership in the House of Representatives has been very distracting and disfunctional in working to solve the situation. I also believe that the former President Obama and his “Forever First Lady” have also been helping to keep distraction in the path.

    1. Take it anyway you like, without Trump and his corrupt administration we would be better off. I take your a member of his moron supporters. Him riding on a caisson works just fine.

  2. With all due NO respect to Obama, “shutup jerkoff”, go lick Biden’s butt. These people would vote for Dracula, if he ran as a Democrap. Anything they say is partisan blabble, sound and fury signifying NOTHING. Obama’s behavior to foreign leaders was to lick them, bow to them salute them . What did he contribute to Foreign policy, a reset button for Hillbillery, A sad example of a secretary of state

  3. Bottom line…criticize Trump no matter what. Obama dwindled down the PPE supplies and never refilled the supply. I doubt anyone could have done better than what trump has done since there was no plan in place from any previous crisis.

    1. Trump had three years to resupply it, lied to America about the danger and blames everyone for his failure and your one of his morons why don’t you drink some grape kool-aid.

  4. obama, the consummate democrat political hack, is up to his old tricks: accusing the other side of his tactics. Blame the other side for what you do and they won’t be able to put it back on you! When obama says someone did something, read it as “…this is what I did, but I’m going to lie and blame them for the way I acted.”

    1. You as big a moron as the other two blaming Obama for everything Trump does, what Trump needs is a ride on caisson in his coffin.

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