Former US President Donald Trump has claimed he was “the father of the vaccine” against the coronavirus, attacking his successor Joe Biden for taking credit for the much improved US response to the crisis.
Mr. Trump spoke with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business in response to Mr. Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday evening marking his first 100 days in the White House.
The new US president had described the first months of his mandate as “crisis and opportunity”, declaring that “America is recovering” and detailing his plans to revive the economy following the coronavirus pandemic and to fight against it. climate emergency in a wide-ranging speech. .
The official Republican Party rebuttal was already delivered last night by Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, but Mr. Trump wasted no time calling his favorite network broadcaster to offer him a revisionist history of the response. failure of its administration to the pandemic, characterized by dysfunction. , disorganization and Mr. Trump himself publicly speculating that injections of bleach could fight the virus.
The ex-president, now a private citizen of Florida, also said Mr. Biden was “destroying our country” with his immigration policy on the US-Mexico border, falsely warning that “assassins” were pouring in from Central America. , and said it was “unfair” that federal prosecutors executed a search warrant in the apartment of his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a grievance he repeatedly returned to.
After once again blaming Beijing for the spread of the “Chinese virus” and once again insisting that the November presidential election was “totally fraudulent,” Mr. Trump also gave his clearest indication yet that he intended to run for president again in 2024, saying he was “100% thinking of running again” and promising: “We will do very well.”
Asked by Ms Bartiromo if he would consider Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as her next vice president, after falling out with former vice president Mike Pence in the last few weeks of his first term, Mr. Trump would only say that Mr. DeSantis is a friend he greatly admires.
He told his loyal supporters to “have confidence” in his failed Make America Great Again movement and lamented the “ridiculous” political fundraising rules when pressed for details of his future campaign activities .
But perhaps his strangest claim in a particularly long and rambling interview on the details was that Democratic lawmakers appeared to “choke” on their face masks during last night’s presidential speech in Congress, noting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wore one of the biggest he had ever seen.