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Former President Donald Trump is reminding his successor what he said during last year’s campaign about eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic, before going on to offer President Biden some advice about what he should do next.
Trump’s comments come amid a report that noted there have been more deaths from the novel coronavirus under Biden than during his tenure when there were no vaccines for COVID-19 and very little natural immunity.
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During a campaign debate last fall, Biden took a jab at then-President Trump for the 220,000 COVID-19 deaths in America, claiming that “anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.”
Now, as nearly 780,000 American lives have been lost due to COVID-19, [White House press secretary Jen] Psaki was asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy whether that is “still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden than President Trump.”
Psaki avoided answering the question and instead used the opportunity to take a well-worn jab at Trump.
“I think the fundamental question here is what are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki said, further adding that Trump “was suggesting people inject bleach” and “continued to provide a forum for misinformation” that led to low vaccination rates.
Neither of those claims is true.
She went on to say there is a “stark difference” to approaches by Trump and Biden to combat the coronavirus and insisted the president is trying to “help solve this crisis” and get the “pandemic under control.”
Pressed again by Doocy, who asked Psaki about Biden’s campaign pledge to “shut down” the virus, she replied: “We’re working on it.”
Well, President Trump was “working on it” as well when he was in office and in fact, his “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine development program has been widely credited for saving millions of lives.
In any event, the former president could not let all of this slip by without comment.
New statement from Donald Trump:
“Biden said that he was going to 'beat the virus,' but instead, the virus has beaten him—and badly.” pic.twitter.com/JFeIyN3JxD
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) December 6, 2021
“Biden said that he was going to ‘beat the virus,’ but instead, the virus has beaten him — and badly,” the 45th president said in a statement. “Far more people died this year than last, despite tremendous help fro vaccines and therapeutics developed under ‘Trump.’
“He said anybody with his results should leave office,” Trump continued, adding: “Well Joe, what are you waiting for!”
Trump has also been highly critical of other policies enacted by Biden since he came into office nearly a year ago, many of which were simply reversals of Trump’s policies for the sake of reversing them — not because they weren’t effective.
Trump offered his perspectives in an interview with Fox News host and top conservative radio talker Mark Levin on Saturday to, among other things, discuss his new book, “Our Journey Together,” which contains hand-selected photos of him and his family during his four-year term.
“If you look, President Obama was very divisive, but people were more quiet about it. They didn’t want to insult him, but he was very divisive,” Trump said.
“But the Biden administration is far worse. In fact, I noticed the other day where Obama said ‘this is very dangerous’; all of these — you know, what they’ve done. It’s too much for him,” he added.
“But when they look at his top economic people are looking at this inflation, and they’re seeing these bills that are being passed for trillions and trillions of dollars where it’s like throwing money out the window,” Trump continued.
He went on to make a dire prediction if Biden’s policies were allowed to continue.
“This country has tremendous potential, tremendous, but we’re giving it away, and there’ll be a point where the country can’t come back, and we can never allow that point to be reached,” he said.