Obama mocks Trump's refusal to answer 'tough' questions in 60 Minutes interview

Obama mocks Trump's refusal to answer 'tough' questions in 60 Minutes interview
Former US president cast his support with Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential elections and criticised Donald Trump's refusal to talk about what he plans should he win second term.
3 min read
25 October, 2020
Obama threw his support behind Joe Biden [Getty]
Former US President Barack Obama threw his support behind Joe Biden in the upcoming elections and during a rally the former US president took a swipe at Donald Trump.

Speaking at a drive-in rally in Miami, Obama mocked Trump’s refusal to answer questions during his appearance on CBS' '60 Minutes'.

Trump had cut short the interview by walking off, after accusing the host of bias.

"It's a good idea of you're running for re-election to say, here's what I want to accomplish," Obama said at the rally.

"What did Trump say? He got mad and walked out of the interview. The questions were too tough. Too tough?

"Miami, listen, if he can’t answer a question like, what would you like to do in your second term, then it’s our job to make sure he doesn’t get a second term."

During the online interview, Trump was fraught with tension and accused Lesley Stahl, a journalist with extensive experience in presidential interviews, of being "negative".

Trump slammed Stahl for her alleged "bias, hatred, and rudeness" after she asked him if he was prepared for some "tough questions".

"I'm not looking for that, I'm looking for fairness," Trump responded.

The White House then reportedly violated an agreement with the network and posted Trump's full '60 Minutes' interview online, ahead of its Sunday air date.

Covid-19 response

At the rally, Obama went on to criticise Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We literally left them a playbook that showed them how to respond before a virus reached our shores. It must be lost along with the Republican health care plan ... he doesn't even acknowledge that there's a problem," he said.

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

Mere hours before Obama’s rally, Trump held one of his own in North Carolina, where he argued the reason for a spike in coronavirus cases was due to the "foolishness [of] testing too much". 

He said: "You know why we have cases? It's because we test so much. In a lot of ways it's good, and in a lot of ways it's foolish.

"If we tested half, cases would halve."

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Obama has joined Biden on his campaign trail and a few days ago in Philadelphia, gave a simple argument reasoning why a Biden victory would be best for Americans.

"And with Joe and Kamala at the helm, you're not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day. 

And that's worth a lot. You're not going to have to argue about them every day. It just won't be so exhausting."

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