Former President Donald Trump is urging Americans, including his supporters, to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they don’t want to get it.
“I recommend it, and I recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want to get it, and a lot of people voted for me, frankly,” Trump said in a phone call interview Tuesday night on Fox News.
He continued, “But, you know, again, we have freedoms, and we have to live there, and I agree with that, too.”
Trump also said, “It’s a great vaccine and it’s a safe vaccine.”
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Trump urged his supporters to get the coronavirus vaccine but then said, “we have freedoms, and we have to live there. And I also agree with that.” pic.twitter.com/2GVXwMokCE
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 16, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is asked during a press briefing on Monday on whether the Biden administration wants to see Trump get involved in messaging the coronavirus vaccine.
“So, if former President Trump wakes up tomorrow and wants to be more vocal about the safety and effectiveness of the campaign – of the vaccine, we will definitely support that,” he said. “But also, I think what’s important to remember is that, as I mentioned, 81 percent of Republicans said they would trust their own doctor or health care provider, and that’s an important place to invest. “
Psaki continued, “Every other living former President – or most of them, if not all of them – has participated in public campaigns. They don’t need an engraved invitation to do so. So he can decide that let him do that. Then, fine. “
Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump received the COVID -19 vaccine in January while still in the White House – though it wasn’t reported until March. In October 2020, the two tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. said. Anthony Fauci declared in an interview with CNN in early March that it was “a missing opportunity” for Donald Trump to receive the vaccine without the public knowing. Fauci added, “Because he could have gotten a lot of people hesitant to get vaccinated, get vaccinated.”
More than 142 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed in the U.S. and more than 110 million doses have been given, as of Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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