GOP President calls on Biden to ‘falsely claim credit’ for Trump vaccine wins

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GOP President Ronna McDaniel took to Twitter Monday night to criticize what she sees as President Biden’s attempt to take credit for his predecessor’s vaccine achievements – even after questioning safety during the campaign.

“During the campaign he [Biden] urged the Americans not to trust Operation Warp Speed, ”McDaniel said.

In September, Biden expressed concern about receiving an approved vaccine during the Trump administration. He stressed that he trusted scientists and vaccines, but said he did not trust Donald Trump.

“And at this point the American people can’t either,” he said.

The Washington Post reported at the time that Biden had hinted that Trump might pressure his agency officials to approve the vaccines for an electoral boost.

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris also made headlines and sparked controversy in September and October when she repeatedly said she would not trust the president’s word on taking the vaccine.

“If the public health professionals, if Dr (Anthony) Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first to take it, absolutely,” Harris said during his only debate with the vice -President Mike Pence. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I don’t take it.”

Vivek Murthy, former U.S. surgeon general and senior COVID-19 adviser to the Biden campaign, told STAT News at the time that in most cases political leadership and scientific leadership speak with one voice, but with one voice. Trump, “we have seen the time and again that there has been a divergence between scientists and political leaders, and efforts to even influence, in the wrong direction, what scientific advice is.”

Biden and Harris have both been vaccine promoters since their approval and were recently credited when about 3 million were administered in one day.

Trump has lauded his administration’s efforts, saying that without him Americans would not receive a vaccine for years.

“I hope everyone remembers when they get the COVID-19 vaccine (often referred to as the China virus), that if I weren’t president you wouldn’t get this nice ‘injection’ for 5 years. , at best, and I probably wouldn’t get it at all, ”a statement from the former president read. “I hope everyone remembers that!”

McDaniel also said that only 1% of the 1.9 trillion relief bill is for vaccines.

Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, that “only 9% of the money is actually used to beat the virus”.

“Only 1% of the money is for vaccines,” he said. “It’s a Nancy Pelosi award for the liberal left.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Peter Aiken contributed to this report



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