Obama: Trump can't even 'protect himself'

Obama returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday, launching a blistering attack on Trump with less than two weeks to go before the Republican president's Election Day face-off with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Speaking at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on behalf of Biden, his former vice president, Obama offered his most pointed critique yet of his successor.

Obama, who governed for two terms and remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, blasted Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the president himself had fallen victim to the virus.

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us," he said. "He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself."

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BARACK OBAMA: Tweeting at the television doesn't fix things. Making stuff up doesn't make people's lives better. You've got to have a plan you've got to put in the work and along with the experience to get things done. Joe Biden has concrete plans and policies that will turn our vision of a better, fairer, stronger country into a reality.

We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond before the virus reached our shores. They probably used to, I don't know, prop up a wobbly table somewhere. We don't know where that playbook went.

Eight months into this pandemic, cases are rising again across this country. Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself.



And just yesterday, when asked if he'd do anything differently, Trump said, not much. Really? Not much? Nothing you can think of that could have helped some people keep their loved ones alive?

So Joe is not going to screw up testing. He's not going to call scientists idiots. He's not going to host a super spreader event at the White House.

Joe will get this pandemic under control with a plan to make testing free and widely available, to get a vaccine to every American cost free, and to make sure our frontline heroes never ask other countries for the equipment they need.