Former President Donald Trump on Friday denounced the Biden administration, criticizing his successor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, energy policies, rising inflation, the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the crisis in the southern border.
Trump told “Varney & Co” of FOX Business. that he had hoped President Biden would do well in dealing with the coronavirus, but pointed out that “significantly” more Americans have died from the virus under Biden’s watch than his “despite all the vaccines and therapies Which are now widely available.
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“Look, I wanted [Biden] to be successful overall on COVID – or as I call it, the virus from China, ”Trump told host David Asman. “I wanted him to succeed. He totally failed. It’s a disaster what happened. “
The former president said he was proud to take the COVID-19 vaccine and “very proud” of the development of inoculations in nine months as part of Operation Warp Speed, and said he believed people should take the vaccines.
Trump added, however, that he was against Biden’s vaccination warrants, saying: “I want people to come out and want to get [vaccinated], but I don’t want to force them, ”and blamed the reluctance to vaccinate on people’s mistrust of Biden.
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Trump went on to say that Biden “lied so much” before the election, pointing out that Biden initially said he would not impose vaccine warrants, and noting that Biden closed the Keystone pipeline almost immediately after taking office whereas he had previously indicated that he would consider continuing the project.
The energy policies of the Biden administration are directly contributing to rising inflation, Trump said.
“What is going on with energy, no one has ever seen it,” Trump said. ” In California – [gas] is $ 7.77 in some areas of California …. people remember in a debate, too, I said, you’re going to have $ 5, $ 6, $ 7 of gasoline, and even more than that, I just didn’t know I was going to be okay so soon. “
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Trump has called both the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis and the way the withdrawal from Afghanistan has been treated as “shame,” and the Republican says he thinks that if he decides to back down. represent in the White House, he will win.
“The whole world looks at us differently today than it did a year ago,” said the former president. “A year ago, they had great respect for this country. Now they’re looking at us like we’re a bunch of weaklings that they can’t even believe. “