POLITICS | In Leaked Call, Obama Describes Trump Handling Of Virus As Chaotic

RIYADH|SAUDI ARABIA – Former President Barack Obama described President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as ‘chaotic’ in a conference call with former members of his administration, a source said on Saturday.

Obama has largely kept out of the fray even as Trump has blamed him and his Democratic administration for a variety of problems related to having sufficient supplies to battle the pandemic that has killed more than 75,000 Americans.

But in his call on Friday with 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association, people who served in his administration, Obama urged his supporters to get behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is trying to unseat Trump in the Nov.3 election.

The contents of the call were first reported by Yahoo News. A source familiar with the call confirmed them to Reuters.

Obama said the election ‘is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party’.

‘What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing other as an enemy – that has become a stronger impulse in American life’, he said.

He said this is one reason why ‘the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty’.

‘It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when the mindset – of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else – when the mindset is operationalized in our government’.

‘That’s why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden’, he said.

Obama’s office decline to comment.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said Trump’s response to the coronavirus ‘has been unprecedented’ and has saved American lives.


BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition Says Intercepts Drone, Houthis Say Abha Airport Hit

MILAN | ITALY – A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom as Yemen’s Houthi group said it had it a target at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport. In a statement published by Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition Says Intercepts Drone, Houthis Say Abha Airport Hit

ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series ‘The Simple Life’, Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things – including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Ditch Royal Titles For Upcoming Television Event

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal titles were ditched for the first time in a promo video for their upcoming television appearance, The Duke and Duchess will be honored for TIME Magazine’s annual list of 100 of the world’s most influential people. ABC will air the special on Sept.22, the first time the magazine is … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Ditch Royal Titles For Upcoming Television Event

BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s July Crude Exports Tick Up From Historic Lows – JODI

MILAN | ITALY – Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports bounced back to 5.73 million barrels per day (bpd) in July from 4.98 million bpd in June, official data showed on Thursday. June’s exports were the weakest recorded in data stretching back to 2002. Monthly export figures are provided by Riyadh and other members of the … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s July Crude Exports Tick Up From Historic Lows – JODI

TRAVEL | International Arrivals To Abu Dhabi Must Wear Covid-19 Tracking Device

ABU DHABI – International passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi airport will now have to wear a tracking device while they complete a mandatory 14-day home quarantine due to COVID-19, according to state-owned Eithad Airways. Daily infections in the United Arab Emirates rose this month to their highest since the outbreak started, which officials have largely … Continue reading TRAVEL | International Arrivals To Abu Dhabi Must Wear Covid-19 Tracking Device

BUSINESS | Israel, Dubai Diamond Exchanges Begin Strategic Collaboration

DUBAI – The Israel and Dubai diamond exchanges have signed an  agreement to promote cooperation in a deal certain to boost direct trade between the Middle East’s main diamond hubs. The agreement was announced on Thursday two days after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an historic agreement to normalize ties and marks a … Continue reading BUSINESS | Israel, Dubai Diamond Exchanges Begin Strategic Collaboration

Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

BEIRUT – Restoring Beirut’s damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An international coalition of museums and heritage protection groups … Continue reading Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

Saudi Arabia is gradually lifting the travel ban, by allowing a specific group of people to enter and exit the Kingdom before January 1, the expected date of the complete reopening of the land, maritime and air borders. The exact date for lifting the suspension of travel and allowing the land, sea and air transport … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says Rejects Any Threat To Regional Stability

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA  – The Saudi government stressed on Tuesday its keenness on the unity, sovereignty and safety of Arab territories, saying it rejects and threat to the region. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held via videoconference in Neom due to the ongoing … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says Rejects Any Threat To Regional Stability

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