In a recent interview, former President Donald Trump said that President Joe Biden’s positive comments about his administration would help the healing process.
He said that he is “surprised” and “very appreciative” that the president thanked him and his administration for their success in pushing hard to make Covid-19 vaccines available to the public.
Trump said that “trust” and “tone” are critical in getting Americans vaccinated.
Trump’s comments followed Biden’s announcement of expanded access and increased testing capacity, and additional support for hospitals across the U.S. as a surge of cases of the Omicron variant swamps medical facilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that more than 73% of new infections are the new variant.
“Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America is one of the first countries to get the vaccine. Thanks to my administration, the hard work of Americans, we let, our roll-out, made America among the world leaders in getting shots in arms.”
“I’m very appreciative of that — I was surprised to hear it. I think it was a terrific thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy,” said Trump.
“I think he did something very good. You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot.”
Trump got vaccines at ‘warp speed’
The Trump administration created a public-private partnership called Operation Warp Speed to develop vaccines intended to treat the coronavirus as the pandemic raged on in 2020.
Under the Trump administration, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines.
In December 2020, President Trump signed an executive order ensuring all Americans would have access to coronavirus vaccines before the government could aid other world nations.
“This is a great thing that we all did. I may have been the vehicle, but we all did this together,” said Trump.
“When we came up with these incredible vaccines — three of them — and therapeutics, we did a tremendous job, and we should never disparage them,” said Trump.
“We should be really happy about it because we’ve all saved millions and millions of lives all over the world.”
Former President Trump is fully vaccinated and has also received his booster.
For individuals who may be hesitant to receive the vaccine, Trump said, “You have to embrace it. You don’t have to do it, and there can’t be mandates and all those things, but you have to embrace it.”