Barack Obama returns to campaign trail with blistering attack on Donald Trump

Barack Obama returns to campaign trail with blistering attack on Donald Trump

Barack Obama made his 2020 presidential campaign trail debut on Wednesday with a rousing speech in Philadelphia that lambasted Donald Trump’s record in the White House and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

With fewer than two weeks to go until election day, the former US president met a group of black community leaders before addressing a drive-in rally at a baseball park in Pennsylvania’s largest city, where he urged voters to back Joe Biden, his former vice-president.

Voters beeped their car horns in approval as Mr Obama, the 44th US president, attacked the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic. “Donald Trump wants to take full credit for the economy he inherited and no responsibility for the pandemic he ignored,” he said.

He added: “We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond before the virus reached our shores . . . We don’t know where that playbook went.”

Mr Obama’s attack on the president’s handling of the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans, came as the pandemic appeared to be getting worse in many parts of the country.