In an interview with Fox News Digital, Trump reacted to President Biden’s executive order last week, mandating employers with over 100 workers to ask for coronavirus vaccinations or test employees weekly. Biden further declared that all employees of the federal government would be asked to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
"It shouldn’t be necessary," Trump announced, referring to the mandates which have attracted criticism from Republicans and some in the private sector.
The Trump administration created Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership to create vaccines against the famous coronavirus, as the pandemic raged in 2020. Under his administration, the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Trump, in December 2020, signed an executive order that would guarantee all Americans had access to coronavirus vaccines before the U.S. government could start helping countries around the world.
Trump, in the exclusive Fox News interview, announced that throughout his administration, more people were interested in getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
"If you remember, when I was president, there were literally lines of people wanting to take it," Trump stated, pointing to vaccine hesitancy among some Americans. "Now, you have a different situation, and it’s very bad."
Trump went on to point to remarks made by some Democrats, including future Vice President Kamala Harris, who announced they may not trust the effectiveness of a vaccine that he was pushing.
"Of course, they famously said, if Trump came up with it, I’ll never take it," Trump recalled.
"They disparaged the vaccine, and now they wonder why people aren’t wanting to take it?" He went on. "It’s a disgrace."
"Look, it was one of my greatest achievements doing it in less than nine months instead of five years, or maybe never," Trump said, referring to the approval timeline for some vaccines at the FDA. "We saved millions of people all over the world."
But pointing back to those against getting a jab, Trump stated: "They don’t trust this president, and that’s why they’re not taking it."
Trump and former first lady Melania Trump got both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in January at the White House. It is unclear which vaccine they got. Trump talked up the vaccines' benefits in an interview with Fox News' Greg Gutfeld last week, explaining that infections among the vaccinated were less severe compared to the unvaccinated at the start of the pandemic: "If you do get sick, you don’t get sick like they were before, meaning you don’t die."