Former President Donald Trump sat down for an interview on the “Cortes & Pellegrino” show featured on the Newsmax network where he stated that his early gamble of investing billions of dollars into the coronavirus vaccine before it ever came to market was the “best bet ever made.”
Trump told Newsmax host Steve Cortes that pouring this massive amount of cash into developing the vaccine might have saved “tens of millions of lives worldwide.”
The former president then took a moment to reflect on how he responded to the coronavirus pandemic, stating that the creation of the vaccine in a nine month time frame was a “great achievement.”
Due to having the vaccine, he stated, “we are doing better today” as it is “stopping this plague from spreading.”
Trump then took an opportunity to encourage Americans to go get vaccinated and then said that this vaccine likely stopped the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming our generation’s version of the Spanish flu, which lasted from 1918 to 1920 where “up to 100 million people died.”
“We are very proud of what we have done,” the former president said, speaking of the vaccine.
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.
“We got the vaccine and we bought it early,” he said. “That was a great bet.”
Cortes later asked Trump in the interview if he now felt like he was vindicated now that both Fauci and the leftist media are beginning to question where the virus really came from. In the early stages of the pandemic, the former president had suggested that the virus might have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory, a theory that was immediately blasted as being the kind of thing tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists cook up.
“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.”
And now Fauci himself is saying he’s not convinced this virus was actually produced naturally.
“I said right at the beginning it came out of Wuhan,” he stated.
However, Trump isn’t upset that folks criticized him for his theory of where the virus came from.
“I said it very strongly and I was criticized and now people are agreeing with me so that’s OK,” the former president said.