Former President Donald Trump, taking a bow for his aggressive effort to speed the development and distribution of three coronavirus vaccines, is also taking an “I told you so” stance on the lifting of mask requirements, with a little dig at Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“I think once you get the vaccine, it’s a much different ballgame. You’re safe. And I think it’s a lot. It’s a lot better. I think that could have been broadcast louder and stronger,” Trump told Rita Cosby on WABC Radio.
Trump said that President Joe Biden’s team could have lifted the mask mandate earlier. “Well, it’s taken a long time,” he said, adding that it “could have been done a long time ago.”
While Trump initially resisted masks, he also rapped Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for giving confusing messages on them.
He told Cosby this week, “When Fauci first came out, he didn’t want anyone to wear a mask. He said it was bad to wear a mask. And then, all of a sudden, he talked about wearing one, two, three. Let’s get a lot of masks and wear ’em. So, you know, we had a lot of I didn’t follow that. It’s interesting. I didn’t follow his directives much. And I turned out to be right, in virtually all cases.”
What’s more, Trump said that while the media and Democrats haven’t given him or his administration credit for “Operation Warp Speed” that hastened the development and distribution of vaccines, he believes the effort saved the world from further deaths.
“I’m not looking for credit, I’m not looking for anything, I just want to save lives. We saved millions of lives all over the world. And that’s the thing that makes me happy. This could have been like the Spanish flu,” he told the radio host.
“We were the ones that did it. And I’m very proud of it. And I think we saved tens of millions of lives worldwide,” said the former president.
Cosby asked, “Do you feel a bit of ‘I told you so’ now?” Trump replied, “Well, I feel good that we made the right decision” to move early in the crisis, though the media criticized his administration for acting slowly.
“So, you know, we certainly didn’t get great PR, but actually, we did a phenomenal job. Everyone’s cupboard was bare. The states were bare. The federal government was bare. We didn’t have equipment. We didn’t have gowns. We didn’t have ventilators. We didn’t have anything. And within a short period of time, I was able to get things done. Like, you know, people were amazed, actually. And every governor was thrilled and happy, and we have them on voice message. We have them because we had meetings with them every month, sometimes every week, but every month, and they were thrilled with the job we did for everyone, Republican and Democrat. Now, of course, then they go before the press, and they don’t say the same thing they said in the rooms. But we did a great job except with public relations. We did not [do] a good job with that. Because no matter what job we did, it wouldn’t matter. We wouldn’t get good press,” said Trump.
He addressed other issues, highlighting Biden’s undoing of his border security initiatives.
They just took everything and just destroyed it in literally a matter of days,” he told Cosby. Trump added, “It’s a tremendous crisis, and we’re going to destroy our country. And we are taking in people and criminals, in many cases, that shouldn’t be allowed to come in. And they’re coming into our country, and you know, very, some very, very bad people. And it’s a tremendous crisis. And they don’t want to use that word, as you know, Rita, but this is a tremendous crisis for our country.”
Author : Paul Bedard
Source : Washington Examiner : Vindicated: Trump says he was right on masks, Fauci wrong