Former President Donald Trump blasted President Biden for claiming that he left the White House with “no vaccine” — suggesting his successor is “mentally gone” late Wednesday as he refused to rule out a 2024 presidential run.
Speaking to Newsmax, Trump made the remarks after being asked if he had seen Biden’s CNN town hall the night before.
“Well, I saw that he said there was no vaccine when he came into office, and yet he got a shot before he came into office,” Trump told the network. “It was already in early November when we announced it, but we actually had it substantially before that.”
“We were giving millions of shots and millions of doses. So he’s either not telling a truth, or he’s mentally gone, one or the other,” the former president continued.
Trump went on to argue that Biden was facing considerable criticism for blaming his predecessor.
“Actually, Biden’s being killed on that whole thing because even the haters are saying, ‘You know, this vaccine was announced long before,’” he said, reiterating that he believes “he got the shot sometime before Jan. 20.”
“He is getting lit up on that one. Even the bad ones, even the ones that aren’t exactly fans are saying that was a bad statement,” Trump continued.
The 45th president went on to say that they should “give him the benefit of the doubt.
“Could he be joking? Because, frankly, that was a very dumb statement.”
During the Tuesday evening town hall, Biden said: “We got into office and found out the supply, there was no backlog. There was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively and literally speaking, and there were 1 million doses a day that were available. We’ve upped that, in the first weeks that we were in office, to significantly more than that.”
“It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office, but a vaccinator — how do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm? So you need the paraphernalia. You need the needle, and you need mechanisms to be able to get it in. You have to have people who can inject it into people’s arms,” he continued.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the former president’s claims.
How Trump planned to voice his political views was an open question in the wake of his ban from numerous social media platforms at the end of his presidency, including Twitter.
“I really wanted to be somewhat quiet,” he told the network of his tact during early days of the Biden administration, “It hasn’t been that quiet, frankly, but I wanted to be somewhat quiet.”
And he said he doesn’t miss Twitter, either.
“I understand on Twitter, it’s become very boring and millions of people are leaving. They’re leaving it because it’s not the same, and I can understand that,” he said of the platform.
For now, Trump is largely getting his message out by releasing statements through his office, but the former president says he’s “looking at a lot of different things” to stage a social media comeback — including the possibility of creating his own platform.
“Twitter, we are looking at a lot of different things, but I really wanted to be somewhat quiet. They wanted me very much on Parler, you know they had a phony report that the man who was in there didn’t – I mean just the opposite, they really wanted me on Parler.”
The problem with Parler, a Twitter-like platform for conservatives, was that “mechanically they can’t handle” the levels of traffic that the former president would bring in.
“We’re negotiating with a number of people, and there’s also the other option of building your own site. I mean you can literally build your own site,” he said, admitting that he is considering creating his own platform.
Meanwhile, Trump refused to rule out a run for the White House in 2024.
“It’s too early to say, but I see a lot of great polls out there. We have tremendous support,” he said.
“I won’t say yet [if I’m running again], but I have tremendous support, and I’m looking at poll numbers that are through the roof,” he continued, referencing his boost in poll numbers following his acquittal in the Senate in his second impeachment trial.
“I’m the only guy who gets impeached and my numbers go up.”