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Trump says he ‘wanted Biden to be successful’ in tackling COVID-19, nullifying performance

  • Former President Trump during a Fox Business interview criticized President Biden over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Trump said he wanted Biden to be “successful” in fighting the virus, but called the president’s actions a “disaster”.
  • Trump has been roundly criticized for downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19 during his White House tenure.

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday criticized President Joe Biden over what he described as his successor’s “ineffective” performance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, despite his own missteps that hurt his reelection campaign last year.

During an interview on the Fox Business Network program Varney & Co. Trump said he hoped Biden would succeed in tackling the coronavirus, which has caused a public health crisis and social unrest around the world for nearly two years.

However, the former president, who was roundly criticized during his tenure for downplaying the seriousness of the virus, tore down Biden’s performance.

“Look, I wanted” [Biden] to be generally successful against Covid, or as I call it, the China virus,” Trump said, using an incendiary term coinciding with a rise in anti-Asian sentiment on social media.

He continued: “I wanted him to be successful. He has been totally unsuccessful. It’s a disaster what happened. Now it’s coming back. I think he’s done a terrible job regarding the coronavirus.”

Speaking during the telephone interview, the former president also pointed out that more people will die from COVID-19 in the US in 2021 than in 2020, but he failed to take note of the global challenges facing the world. public health associated with the emergence of the highly contagious Delta strain earlier this year.

Trump also expressed his continued opposition to vaccine mandates, which Biden has strongly supported after initially resisting such measures during his presidency.

“I want people to want to go out and get it [the vaccine], but I don’t want to force it on them,” the former president said.

The former president’s comments come as countries around the world, including the US, fight to stop the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

The rise of the variant prompted Biden to issue a travel ban that will take effect Nov. 29 for a select group of countries in southern Africa: South Africa, Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

“As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries. These new restrictions will come into effect on November 29. As we go forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises,” he said in a statement after the ban was announced.

When asked about the decision last week, Biden told a group of reporters he wanted to be “cautious.”

“We don’t know much about the variant, other than that it’s a major concern and seems to be spreading quickly,” he said.

In March 2020 — as the coronavirus spread across the US — Trump issued a travel ban on most European countries, which were at the time one of the world’s biggest hotbeds of the disease.

During Trump’s campaign last fall, he was criticized for his inconsistent coverage of the virus — praising the speed of vaccine production and also comparing the virus to the flu — and hurt voters last November.

Of the 17% of voters who named COVID-19 as their top problem in the 2020 presidential election, a whopping 81% of this demographic supported Biden, according to CNN’s national exit polls.

More than 776,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the US this year, according to Johns Hopkins University, with 48.2 million confirmed cases.

About 59% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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