Former President Donald Trump did not hold back on Thursday morning when he criticized President Biden’s first joint address to Congress and the state of the nation under his leadership.
Speaking to Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria,” the former president went after his successor for disregarding the Trump administration’s accomplishments on a range of issues including police reform and COVID vaccines during his Wednesday night speech. The 45th president added that he is “100 percent” considering a 2024 run.
Former President Trump began by attacking the joint address, noting that he thought it was wrong of Biden to gloss over the current crisis at the border. “Well, one thing is that he didn’t discuss the border, and the fact that tens of thousands of people are pouring into our country, many of them criminals, many of them people from jails,” Trump began, adding that migrants were coming to the United States under Biden’s administration “at a level that’s never been seen before.”
Trump said that the situation at the border is “out of control” and “will destroy our country,” accusing Biden of “doing absolutely nothing” to address it. Trump also warned about China, saying, “China will take over this country if they don’t do something very quickly.” When asked about COVID vaccines, Trump called Biden and his administration “ungracious,” adding that the 45th president is “the father of the vaccine” and noting that Biden did not credit Trump and Operation Warp Speed for bringing the vaccine into existence. “It’s ridiculous. Obviously they’re very ungracious people. I did the vaccine. They like to take the vaccine. But even the fake news isn’t giving them credit for that. We did the vaccine, saved tens of millions of lives throughout the world by coming up with a vaccine,” said Trump. “If I weren’t president … you wouldn’t have had a vaccine for five years, three to five years would be the minimum. I got it done in less than nine months. And that’s only because of me.”
“We had a great delivery system,” he added. “All they did is take what we had and keep it moving.” Trump also slammed the Food and Drug Administration for their decision to temporarily pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, saying that the move would only increase vaccine hesitancy and possibly benefit Pfizer. “They blew it with Johnson & Johnson. They should have never done a pause with Johnson & Johnson. That was done for either political reasons or because they like Pfizer so much. They want everybody to get a vaccine and then they do a pause, which got so much publicity,” said the former president. “I guess in a certain way, I’m the father of the vaccine because I was the one that pushed it. To get it done in less than nine months was a miracle,” he added.
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