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Donald Trump said he wanted to see President Joe Biden succeed at combating the coronavirus but he has been disappointed.
In a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business, the 45th President of the United States excoriated the current president on a range of topics, Fox News reported.
“Look, I wanted [Biden] to be successful on the whole thing on COVID – or as I call it, the China virus,’ he said to host David Asman on “Varney & Co.” on Friday.
“I wanted him to be successful. He’s been totally unsuccessful. It’s a disaster what’s happened,” he said. “I think he’s done a terrible job on the coronavirus.”
He said that he was so furious with China after the emergence of COVID-19 he “didn’t want to talk to China too much.”
The former president also said he was against the vaccine mandates and blamed distrust of the vaccine on Biden.
“I don’t like [vaccine mandates], but look, I took them, I took the vaccine, I was proud to do it,” the former president said. “Somebody said: ‘Oh, sir, maybe it’s a little controversial, don’t mention it.’ It’s just the opposite. I’m very proud.”
“I want people to go out and want to get [vaccinated], but I don’t want to force it into them,” he said.
And he blamed the mandates for police shortages in certain cities.
“What they’ve done is a lot of the mandates [that] are causing the supply chain problem. In that way, I guess you can say that what’s happening is people are quitting their jobs all over the place,” he argued.
“You look at the police in New York, you look at the police all over where they refuse to get – in democrat areas, by the way, I have to say that – that’s where the crime is and that’s where the police departments are being decimated by the mandate,” he said. “It’s a terrible thing they’re doing, I have to say.”
Trump also took aim at the ongoing inflation crisis and said that people are correct in blaming Biden for the rise in prices.
“The Americans have it totally right. And frankly, the pandemic – if you think about it – probably brings it down because you can’t really get your economy running to the extent, and therefore, you’re using less,” he said in reference to a poll that showed 67 percent of people surveyed blamed Biden for inflation.
“I would think the pandemic would certainly might bring inflation down as opposed to elevating it. I saw him make that statement, and it’s just another incorrect statement,” the 45th president said.
He went on to blame Biden for the supply chain crisis as he said, “We never even heard the word supply chains when I was president. That was not even something that I ever remember even listening to in a hearing.”
And he called the immigration crisis at the Southern border a “disgrace.”
”This is not what people bargained for. They lied through the whole thing. He lied. This is never been anything like this, this is not a representative government,” he said.
On the rise in the price of gasoline and energy, another Biden crisis, he placed the blame in the hands of the president.
“We were energy independent – in fact, I got the prices so low for gasoline, I was down to a $1.78 and I left at about a $1.86 a gallon. And I was actually worried about the industry, I had to get it up a little,” he contended.
“We were bigger than Saudi Arabia or Russia and we were energy independent and within a year, I would have been bigger than Saudi Arabia and Russia combined,” he said.
“It’s because he’s panicked. What’s happening with energy nobody’s ever seen it. In California, it’s $7.77 in certain areas of California and it tends to follow those numbers,” he said. “I could solve inflation very quickly.”