On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump encouraged Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine, saying the different types are safe, effective and even “great”.
Trump made his remarks during his first major interview after leaving the presidency with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
Trump Recommends Supporters Get COVID Vaccine:
“I would. I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want it and a lot of those people voted for me.”
Added: “We have our freedoms and we have to live by them. And I agree with that too.” pic.twitter.com/eMR0YDfTRp
– Breaking911 (@ Breaking911) March 16, 2021
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Trump Touts Vaccine: “It’s a Safe Vaccine and it’s Something That Works”
“I would recommend it,” Trump told Bartiromo. “And I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want it, and a lot of those people honestly voted for me.”
However, Trump did not demand: “But again,” he added, “we have our freedoms and we have to live by them, and I agree with that too.”
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Trump then praised the vaccines and assured viewers that it worked.
“But it’s a great vaccine,” Trump continued. “It’s a safe vaccine and it’s something that works.”
A number of polls have shown that a significant number of Republicans are reluctant or downright resistant to receiving the vaccine.
Some on the left and in the media have been hoping Trump could heartily endorse the vaccines to dissuade some Republicans from any concerns.
Trump appeared to be doing that on Tuesday night, while also recognizing the matter as an election.
President Trump says of the Biden administration’s vaccine distribution plan:
“Joe Biden is just executing the plan we put in place, and if we had honest media – which we don’t – they would say it loud and clear.” #CPAC pic.twitter.com/nR19o2fJ1G
– Daily caller (@DailyCaller) February 28, 2021
Trump at CPAC: “Everybody Go Get Your Shot”
But standing up for the Americans who are getting the vaccine was nothing new to Trump this week.
Trump said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2021, “We took care of a lot of people – including, I think December 21st, we took care of Joe Biden because he got his shot, he got his vaccine. ”
“It shows you how painless all this vaccination shot is,” said Trump. “So everyone get your shot.”
When Biden was vaccinated, Trump continued, “He forgot it was obviously not very traumatic, but he got his shot and it’s good he got his shot.”
Trump didn’t appear in an Ad Council vaccine campaign recently, however:
Former Presidents and First Ladies urge Americans to get vaccinated in a new PPE released by The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative.
Former President Trump did not show up. pic.twitter.com/qBezikP3oK
– The recount (@therecount) March 11, 2021
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The public service announcement showed that every other living former president and some first ladies were encouraging Americans to get vaccinated.
“We urge you to get vaccinated,” said President Barack Obama in the video, which also included former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
“Now it’s up to you,” Carter said to close the video.
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