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Trump says President Biden has been “totally unsuccessful” in dealing with COVID-19

On Friday, former President Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during an interview with Fox Business host David Asman.

Trump added that while he is opposed to vaccine mandates, he also wants Americans to be vaccinated without the threat of force. “Look, I wanted [Biden] to be successful on the whole thing on Covid, or as I call it, the China virus,” Trump said. “I wanted him to be successful. He’s been totally unsuccessful. It’s a disaster what’s happened. I think he’s done a terrible job on the coronavirus.”

His comments come as countries are trying to react to a new variant of the virus, which has been named the Omicron variant by the World Health Organization. Because of the new variant, the Biden administration has instituted a travel ban on several countries.

A statement last week from the White House announced that travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi would be temporarily stopped. The announcement gave no indication of how long the halt on travel would last. Former President Trump also issued pandemic-related travel bans during his time in office.

During his interview with Asman, Trump also mentioned the development of Covid-19 vaccines, highlighting the achievements of his own administration’s efforts in development.

He commented, “Fauci said it would take more than five years and who knows if it’s going to work and it really works well. And even the people that get it, they don’t end up going to the hospital…they don’t die.”

Trump also noted that he does not favor the vaccine mandates when Asman asked, “But the mandate itself – the mandate itself you don’t approve of?” Trump responded by saying, “No I don’t approve of it. I want people to go out and want to get it but I don’t want to force them into it.” 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BUSINESS INSIDER

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