Former President Donald Trump decided this week to use his significant platform to encourage Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible, even to those who do not want it.
“I would recommend it, and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday during a Fox News interview.
“But again, we have our freedoms and we have to live by them and I agree with that also. But it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works,” Trump added.
Dr. Fauci had recently spoken out to ask the former president to issue a strong recommendation for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“If he came out and said, ‘Go and get vaccinated. It’s really important for your health, the health of your family and the health of the country,’ it seems absolutely inevitable that the vast majority of people who are his close followers would listen to him,” Fauci told “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump received the vaccine at the White House in January. The report was made public later by a Trump adviser.
Both Trump and the former first lady tested positive for COVID-19 in September 2020.
The former president previously encouraged Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccination during his remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “So, everybody, go get your shot.”
Trump clearly supports Americans taking the vaccine. His leadership and comments on the issue after leaving office indicate his influence continues to impact the American people.