Psaki says White House would ‘welcome’ Trump’s COVID PSA as Indian Delta variant destroys unvaccinated areas
- Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday the White House would ‘welcome’ a PSA from former President Donald Trump
- She didn’t enthusiastically support the idea, but answered a reporter’s question about whether President Joe Biden would contact Trump
- The press secretary reiterated that surveys show the ‘most trusted voices’ about COVID-19 are community members such as doctors, civic leaders and clergy
- “We’ve seen almost every former president play a role in releasing a PSA,” she also said
- In March, every living president and first lady except the Trumps took part in a pro-COVID-19 vaccine PSA
- “We don’t believe an embroidered invitation is necessary to be part of it,” Psaki said of the effort
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the White House would “welcome” a PSA from former President Donald Trump as India’s Delta strain of COVID-19 devastates unvaccinated areas in the United States.
She did not enthusiastically support the idea, but was asked during the press conference if President Joe Biden would consider calling Trump and enlisting his help in getting more Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The press secretary reiterated that surveys show that the “most trusted voices are local officials – doctors, medical experts, civic leaders, clergy from time to time.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during Monday’s press conference that the White House would “welcome” a COVID-19 vaccine PSA with former President Donald Trump when asked if President Joe Biden would call Trump and ask
Psaki also said, “We don’t believe an embroidered invitation is necessary to be a part,” when asked if President Joe Biden would contact former President Donald Trump and send him a pro-COVID-19 vaccine would drop PSA
“And that’s where we really invested our funding and resources,” she continued.
She also noted that other ex-presidents have become involved.
“We’ve seen almost every former president play a role in releasing a PSA to make sure people in the country understand that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Psaki said.
In March, former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama participated in a vaccination PSA along with their spouses.
Trump was the only living president not to participate.
“We don’t believe you need an embroidered invitation to join,” Psaki said of the effort.
“But certainly any role of anyone who has a platform where they can inform the public that the vaccine is safe, it’s effective, we don’t see this as a political issue, we certainly welcome that involvement,” she added.
On Sunday, Trump released a statement mocking Biden for failing to vaccinate Americans faster.
Joe Biden kept talking about how well he’s doing with the distribution of the vaccine developed by Operation Warp Speed or, quite simply, the Trump administration. He is not doing well at all,” the statement read.
“He’s way behind schedule, and people are refusing to take the vaccine because they don’t trust his administration, they don’t trust the election results, and they certainly don’t trust the fake news, which refuses to tell the truth,” Trump continued.
Trump continues to falsely claim that the election was stolen from him.
The Biden administration has failed to meet its target of having 70 percent of Americans with at least one shot in the arms by July 4.
Some prominent conservatives have not made Biden’s job any easier by suggesting the administration is playing “big brother” after the White House announced plans to go door-to-door in some communities to hand out vaccine information.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month in Dallas, Texas, the crowd cheered and applauded when a speaker noted that the government was not meeting its vaccination target.
And polls on the matter show how politics has poured in — with just 6 percent of Democrats saying they probably won’t be vaccinated, compared with 47 percent of Republicans saying the same, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll from early July.
While Trump was an anti-mask during his tenure, he consistently praised his administration’s vaccine effort, Operation Warp Speed.
At the same time, he and former first lady Melania Trump were getting their COVID-19 vaccine doses in private, rather than on camera like the Bidens and Vice President Kamala Harris.