President Biden, in a speech on Friday, accidentally stated that 350 million Americans have been vaccinated, when the latest census from April showed that the United States population is 331 million.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. So we have to get more people vaccinated,” he said. He then briefly paused to check his notes, saying: “Well over – what’s the number again? I’ll remind myself – 350 million Americans have already been vaccinated. They’re doing fine.”
The 78 year old president is often accused of being in mental decline and former President Donald Trump made his cognitive fitness a central campaign issue last year. The Republican National Committee circulated the clip of Biden’s error on Friday, tweeting, “WATCH: Joe Biden says 350 million Americans are vaccinated, over 100% of the U.S. population.”
“Full Metal Jacket” and “Independence Day” actor Adam Baldwin tweeted the video with the caption, “Your current U.S. President, ladies & gentlemen.” It is possible the president had mistakenly referred to the number of vaccine doses administered in the United States, which is almost 350 million. The actual number of fully vaccinated Americans, according to CDC data, is 166 million, which is approximately half the population.
Biden didn’t take questions from reporters either in the East Room or when he departed the White House shortly after for his 13th trip to Wilmington, Delaware. But his press aides pre-screened the reporters who were allowed to attend the president’s remarks in the spacious White House East Room, which at 2,960 square feet is the largest room in the executive mansion.
White House Press Secretary, Jen Psasi, recently said that the president’s team encourages him to avoid answering reporters ‘off-the-cuff’ or making unscripted remarks. Knowing Biden’s past ‘off-the-cuff’ remarks have gotten him some backlash. “A lot of times we say, ‘Don’t take questions,’” Ms Psaki said, adding: “He’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”
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