White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fielded a question from a reporter asking if Trump administration officials deserved credit for the coronavirus vaccine distribution, and she delivered a stinging and truthful response.
Americans may finally be close to turning the corner on this virus that has plagued our country for a year now thanks to a ramped up vaccination program championed by President Joe Biden.
But former Trump officials are expecting credit for the vaccination effort. After all, Trump and his minions believe that a vaccine wouldn’t have existed without them even though it is the scientists who developed it.
The problem, however, is that the desperate need for the vaccine would not have been so dire if disgraced former President Donald Trump and his administration had taken the virus seriously in the first place.
And that’s why Psaki shut down talk of who should get credit.
“I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic,” she said. “What our focus is on, and what the president’s focus is on when he came into office just over a month ago, was ensuring that we had enough vaccines — we are going to have them now.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
.@PressSec Jen Psaki’s response when asked if Trump admin deserves any credit for getting the ball rolling on vaccines
“I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic” pic.twitter.com/rjT5BmhSNz
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) March 4, 2021
Indeed, the fact is that distribution of the vaccine under Trump’s watch was a disaster. Trump failed to secure enough vaccines for the country, a mess that Biden had to fix. Vaccination rates were also much slower, but have more than doubled under Biden. Trump and his team also refused to run a proper transition, which likely cost lives. Thankfully, Biden and his team had a plan to hit the ground running, which reduced the damage done.
The bottom line is that Trump and his people botched the pandemic response and the vaccine distribution. Over 500,000 Americans are dead and many of them should still be alive today. No amount of credit will change the fact that these deaths could have been prevented and will be the worst failure of Trump’s presidency.
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