Trump predicts the US will have a COVID-19 vaccine ‘by the end of the year’ and says Dems are motivated by politics and ‘don’t want to see a good result’ – as he admits up to 100,000 could die of virus
President Donald Trump said on Sunday that there would be a coronavirus vaccine in the US by the end of the year, the fastest timeline he has given to date, and that he ‘didn’t care’ where it came from so long as it worked.
‘We are very confident that we are going to have a vaccine by the end of the year.
‘We think we’ll have a vaccine by the end of this year. And we’re pushing very hard. We’re building supply lines now and we don’t even have the final vaccine,’ Trump said.
He pointed to Johnson & Johnson as one company making a dent. ‘Many companies, I think, are close,’ he told Fox News hosts in a virtual town hall and said the US was working with the UK and Australia to develop it.
Admitting that it didn’t sound like his usual ‘America First’ rhetoric, Trump answered, ‘I don’t care,’ when asked how he would feel if another country developed a successful vaccine first.
‘I really just want to get a vaccine that works,’ the president said.
Trump’s timeline for a vaccine is faster than any that has been given so far. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House coronavirus expert, said last week that ‘hundreds of millions of doses’ could be available by January.
The government is currently funding at least three vaccine development trials to try to fast track the solution.
He also blamed China for the global pandemic, repeating his earlier claims that COVID-19 escaped a lab in Wuhan and that Chinese officials made a ‘big mistake’ in trying to ‘cover up’ how deadly it was, and admitted that as many as 100,000 Americans would die from it.
‘We’re going to lose anywhere from 75-, 80- to 100,000 people. That’s a horrible thing. We shouldn’t lose one person over this. This should’ve been stopped in China,’ he said.
As of Monday morning, more than 68,000 Americans had died and more than 1,185,000 had been infected with the virus.
Trump – who is gearing up for another election – also said that Democrats would rather see the country suffer and blame him for it than allow him to take credit for any kind of success in the fight against the virus.
President Trump said that there would be a coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020 at the Fox News Channel virtual town hall where he answered questions from the Lincoln Memorial
Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin watch as President Trump participates in a live Fox News Channel virtual town hall
Donald Trump launches fresh attack on ‘disaster’ WHO
The President lashed out at the UN agency for blindly regurgitating information from Beijing and said it has ‘missed every single call’.
He said the United States had been ‘foolishly’ pouring money into the WHO and justified his decision to cut its funding.
He said: ‘The World Health organisation has been a disaster everything they said was wrong and they’re China-centric.
‘All they do is agree with China, whatever China wants to do. So our country, perhaps foolishly in retrospect has been paying $450million a year to the World Health Organisation and China’s been paying $38million a year but they were more political than all of our leaders previously.
‘What they did, what World Health did, was they missed every single call and we’re not going to put up with it.’
During the two-hour Q&A, where Americans asked Trump questions via video, he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for the last 30 minutes.
Hope Hicks, Trump’s longtime aide who recently rejoined the White House, and new Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were seen at the president’s side during commercial breaks.
The president’s new press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, was also on hand.
Throughout the town hall, he came back to his claim that the coronavirus vaccine was coming in 2020.
He added that the U.S. was working alongside Australia and also the United Kingdom, and brought up Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who became extremely ill from COVID-19.
‘He thought it was over, it was vicious,’ Trump said.
The president said he wasn’t worried about people volunteering for vaccine trials.
‘No, because they’re volunteers,’ Trump said.
‘They know what they’re getting into,’ he added, calling those who sign up ‘good people.’
The president said he’d like to see therapeutics, too, that would work to cure patients who have COVID-19.
‘I would rather have therapeutics, something to make people better, not a cure, at least a therapeutic,’ Trump said.
Counselor to the president Hope Hicks (left), who recently rejoined the administration, and new Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (center, speak to President Trump during a commercial break during Sunday night’s Fox News Channel town hall
Most recently, the Federal Drug Administration authorized the use of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir for COVID-19 cases.
TRUMP SAYS SAID FAUCI SAID CORONAVIRUS WAS ‘NO BIG DEAL’
‘Nancy Pelosi was a month later saying it was going to pass — everybody, even Tony Fauci, was saying it’s going to pass, not going to be a big deal,’ he said on Sunday night.
Fauci has been hailed by many as a voice of reason amid the pandemic.
He has resisted criticizing the president but has contradicted him, especially on medical guidance, at daily White House briefings.
Fauci warned in 2017 that a disease outbreak could be something the US should worry about.
In April, he said that more lives would have been saved if the US had been shut down sooner but that there was ‘push back’.
Hours after he said it, Trump retweeted a tweet calling for Fauci to be fired.
The president says that by stopping foreign nationals from entering the US from China in January, before any other country, he responded quickly.
The president also continue to tout the anti-Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
He pushed back when Baier mentioned some of hydroxychloroquine’s side effects. ‘They’re bragging about it,’ Trump said of the success doctors in other countries have seen using hydroxychloroquine.
He then used that moment to attack his political opponents.
‘Here’s what we’ve been reduced to in this country,’ Trump began. ‘The Democrats, the radical left, whatever you – would rather have people, I’m going to be very nice, I’m not going to say die – would rather see people not get well because they think I’m going to get credit, if hydroxychloroquine works.’
‘I have nothing to do with hydroxychloroquine,’ the president went on, mentioning how some media reports suggested he owned the company that makes the drug. ‘Other than, if it worked, it would be great.’
Trump also used his time at the Lincoln Memorial to go after the press – and compare the two leaders’ shoddy press coverage, in the president’s view.
The president was asked by a supporter, who said her family, prayed for him every day, about his ‘manner and presentation.’
‘Why do you use descriptive words that could be classified as bullying and why do you not directly answer the questions asked by the press and instead speak of past success and generally ramble?’ she asked, asking him to stop.
Trump said he had to act this way because nearly 100 per cent of the White House press corps was ‘hostile.’
‘Look I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen. The closest would be that gentleman right up there,’ the president said, pointing to the massive Lincoln statue. ‘I believe I am treated worse,’ he added.
The president described the questions asked by reporters in the briefing room as ‘disgraceful.’
President Trump holds still during a commercial break at Sunday night’s Fox News Channel town hall that was filmed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington
‘And if I was kind to them, I would be walked off stage,’ he said.
Trump mentioned how boaters in Florida were out earlier Sunday with all sorts of Trump signs.
‘We have tremendous support, but the media, they might as well be in the Democrat Party,’ the president said.
The president, again, showed support for the protesters that have shown up to state capitols, a number of them sporting Trump gear.
‘And those are meaningful demonstrations,’ Trump pointed out to the Fox News Channel hosts.
And at the top of the program, he talked about how ‘probably everybody’s scared.’
‘I’ve never seen death like this, I’ve never personally experienced anything like this,’ Trump said of COVID-19.
He pointed out that he had known people who had gotten the flu all of his life.
‘I was lucky I never had the flu, then I came here, and they wanted to give me a flu show, I said, “I don’t want to a flue shot,’ but they have to give it,’ he said, seemingly of a discussion he had with the White House doctor once he became president.
‘I’ve known people that had the flu all my life, nobody ever died,’ Trump said.
While drawing comparisons between the two viruses in the past, Trump did no such thing Sunday night.
‘I’ve lost three friend,’ the president said. ‘One a very good friend, a very successful man, New York guy, employed a lot of people – they were all crying over his death, Staney Chera.’
Chera passed away from COVID-19 complications at the age of 78 in mid-April.
He was a fellow New York real estate investor.
‘He went to the hospital, he calls me up, he goes, “I tested positive,” I said what are you going to do? “I’m going to the hospital.” I’ll call you tomorrow,’ Trump said, recalling their conversation.
‘I call the hospital, he’s in a coma,’ Trump said. ‘I know a lot of people who had the flu, they were never in a coma.’
Trump called it a ‘horrible thing’ that the country is fighting.
‘This thing is vicious, it can take you out, it can take you out very strongly,’ the president said.
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