Last night, he claimed it was his administration that “came up with the vaccine” – a statement that doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.
While the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed programme offered funding to various vaccine projects, the US was simply one of many countries that helped to fund vaccine development last year.
For example, as Bloomberg noted in November 2020, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (one of the key jabs being used in the US) did not take part in Operation Warp Speed and instead received funding from the German government.
"I was the one, and this administration was the one, that came up with the vaccine" -- Trump (the first FDA-approve… https://t.co/8UXepomQU1
Trump on Meghan Markle running for president: ‘I’m not a fan’
Bartiromo also asked Trump about a bizarre rumour that Meghan Markle might be considering a presidential run in 2024, citing an unnamed British politician who said the Duchess of Sussex had been “networking” with senior Democrats.
The former president told Fox News that if the rumours were true, he would be even more inclined to run again.
“I hope that happens, because if that happened, I think I’d have an even stronger feeling towards running...
“I happen to think, I know the Queen, as you know. I have met with the Queen and I think the Queen is a tremendous person, and I am not a fan of Meghan.”
As if Trump vs Clinton wasn’t bad enough...
Trump encourages his supporters to get the vaccine
In a rare moment of self-awareness, Trump acknowledged that his supporters were some of the people who were most likely to refuse a coronavirus vaccine.
However, the former president recommended getting the jab, arguing that it was a “safe vaccine” which worked well.
“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,” Trump said.
“It is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.”
Trump encourages his supporters to get the coronavirus vaccine but then says, "we have our freedoms, and we have to… https://t.co/Ud0q8aTVoT