Former President Donald Trump stated that his gamble of investing billions of dollars in coronavirus vaccines before one had actually been developed was the “best bet ever made.”
During an appearance on the Newsmax program “Cortes & Pellegrino,” where he spoke to Steve Cortes saying that spending all that cash before there was any indication whatsoever that the vaccine would work might have ended up saving “tens of millions of lives worldwide.”
The former president took some time to reflect on how he handled the coronavirus pandemic, calling the development of the vaccine in less than nine months a “great achievement.”
Due to the vaccine, the former president said, “we are doing better today” because it’s “stopping this plague from spreading.”
Trump then went on to tell Americans they should get vaccinated before going on to discuss how the vaccine might have stopped this pandemic from becoming a modern version of the Spanish flu that wrought death on many people during 1918 to 1920, where “up to 100 million people died.”
“We are very proud of what we have done,” Trump stated.
When he first learned of the coronavirus, he said he shut down our borders to China “much earlier” than even the country’s leading coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci had recommended.
Trump pointed out that while he got along with Fauci “pretty well,” he “usually did the opposite of what he wanted.”
When it came to developing a coronavirus vaccine, he said Fauci – the director of U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – thought it would take between three and five years and even then “probably wouldn’t even happen.”
Trump noted that he was able to get the vaccine to market in less than nine months. Had he not believed in the vaccine and spent billions on the injections, bottles, and materials needed to create it, he said people would still be waiting months to get the vaccine.
Cortes went on to ask Trump during the interview if he now felt vindicated now that both mainstream media and Fauci have started to question the origin of the coronavirus. During the start of the pandemic in the United States, Trump went on to suggest that the virus might have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory.
“I said it right at the beginning, that’s where it came from,” Trump went on to say. “I think it was obvious to smart people that’s where it came from. I have no doubt about it. I had no doubt about it.”
While he was criticized for his theory, the former president is not bitter about it.
“I said it very strongly and I was criticized and now people are agreeing with me so that’s OK,” he stated.