Despite the fact that over one year has passed since their campaigns drew to a close, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have continued to trade verbal blows with one another.
Yet this week, Biden and Trump made comments about one another that have likely left many observers feeling surprised, specifically on the topic of COVID-19 and the spread of the omicron variant.
According to Fox News, the exchange began during a speech on Tuesday in which Biden credited his predecessor for developing COVID-19 vaccines for the first time, undoubtedly catching millions of viewers off guard.
“Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America is one of the first countries to get the vaccine,” Biden said during his otherwise gloomy speech, referring to Operation Warp Speed.
“A terrific thing”
“Thanks to my administration, the hard work of Americans, we let, our roll-out, made America among the world leaders in getting shots in arms,” the former president said.
For his part, Trump interviewed with Fox News later that evening, during which he took note of Biden’s words and expressed rare gratitude aimed at the current president.
“I’m very appreciative of that — I was surprised to hear it,” Trump said. “I think it was a terrific thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy.”
Trump again stressed that he was “a little bit surprised” before remarking, “I think he did something very good. You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot.”
Trump is still anti-mandate
Trump went on to speak positively of his administration’s COVID-19 record, stating, “This is a great thing that we all did. I may have been the vehicle, but we all did this together.”
“When we came up with these incredible vaccines — three of them — and therapeutics, we did a tremendous job, and we should never disparage them,” Trump said. “We should be really happy about it because we’ve all saved millions and millions of lives all over the world.”
However, while the 45th president expressed gratitude to his successor for making his positive comments concerning vaccine development, Trump came out hard against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
“If you have the mandate, the mandate will destroy people’s lives — it destroys people’s lives, just as the vaccine saves people,” Trump said.