Trump responds to Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine claims: He was ‘either not telling the truth or mentally gone’

During a Wednesday interview on Newsmax, former President Donald Trump responded to President Joe Biden‘s claims that the coronavirus vaccine was not available before he took office in January.

At a CNN Town Hall Tuesday night, Biden said, “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn‘t have when we came into office.”

Trump argued that Biden was “either not telling the truth or mentally gone.”

Biden received the second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 11, over a week before he was sworn into office. That vaccine and others like, Moderna, were developed under the Trump administration’s ‘Operation Warp Speed.’

“Well I saw that he said that there was no vaccine when he came into office, and yet he got a shot before he came into office,” Trump told Newsmax host Greg Kelly.

Trump went on to say that a vaccine was announced early November and millions of doses were administered during Trump’s presidency.

“So he was either not telling the truth or he’s mentally gone, one or the other and he’s getting — actually Joe Biden is being killed on that whole thing, because even the haters said, ‘Well wait a minute, you know this vaccine was announced long before,’ and I believe he got the shot sometime before January twentieth… long before January twentieth,” Trump said.

“He made the statement that we had no vaccine. Literally, quote, we had no vaccine. He is getting lit up on that one. Even the bad ones. Even the ones that aren’t exactly fans, they were saying that was a bad statement.”

“Maybe, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt,” Trump offered. “Could he be joking? Because frankly that was a very dumb statement.”

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