Former President Donald Trump called in to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday evening where he voiced his opinion about a number of contentious topics currently in the news, going in-depth about the COVID-19 vaccine, urging Americans to take it.
Trump took President Biden to task for claiming that the nation did not have systems in place to distribute it.
“The big thing is what I've and I've always felt it was the most important is the vaccine,” said Trump. “The key was always going to be the vaccine. And when Biden got the vaccine in December and on January 20th, he made a statement that he doesn't think we have vaccines. Now, I don't know… did he make that statement as a statement or did he not actually know we had the vaccine? What what's going on there, but, uh, he got his shot.”
“He got his first shot on in December, December 21st. I believe so,” said Trump, referring to Biden’s own vaccination.
“With the vaccines and with the job we've done with COVID with getting, I inherited an empty cupboard -- Biden failed very badly with the H1N1. He had a chance to do something and they had a tremendous, tremendous failure.”
“H1N1. It was a disaster,” continued Trump. “And now he's taking it over this what he's taking over [Operation] Warp Speed. We had it. Our military, what they've done in terms of delivery has been incredible. Incredible. Yeah. And we gave up to 1.3 million shots a day before he even took over.”
“So not only did we have the vaccine and one thing we did, we took a big, bet on this. We started manufacturing the vaccine before we really knew it would work,” he continued. “We saved many, many months and millions of lives by doing that because you wouldn't have the vaccine right now. If we didn't take that chance, we knew what we were doing. We knew. That we felt strongly it was going to work and we took a risk and the risk was spending billions of dollars to develop it before we knew.”
“And before we had the approval that it was going to work, it works incredibly well. 95%, maybe even more than that, it works incredibly well. And it's really saving our country and it's saving frankly, the world,” said the former President.
Asked if he would recommend the vaccine to his supporters and the audience of Fox News, Trump said he does, emphasizing that people have the freedom to decide for themselves if they want to get vaccinated. Trump strongly recommended that they do so.
“I would, I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it. And a lot of those people voted for me, frankly, but you know, I, again, we have our freedoms and we have to live by that and I agree with that also.”
“But it's a great vaccine,” said Trump. “It's a safe vaccine and it's something that works and we've been working round the clock. And what I got the FDA to do, this would have happened. This would have happened in many, many years from now, if we didn't -- if I didn't -- get involved and if we didn't get involved.