In a recent interview with Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump faced some tough questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including his decision to award a presidential commendation to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Trump claimed to not know who made that decision, despite personally awarding Fauci the commendation. As a conservative, it’s disappointing to see Trump distance himself from his own actions and not take ownership of his decisions.
Kelly also asked Trump about his overall response to COVID-19, to which he replied, “I never got the credit I deserved on COVID.” While it’s true that Operation Warp Speed played a significant role in developing and distributing vaccines, it’s important to acknowledge that there were flaws in the Trump administration’s approach. Many people have legitimate concerns about the rushed vaccine process and the lack of accountability for those who were vaccine injured. It’s disappointing that Trump didn’t address these issues directly and instead focused on Democrats’ praise for his policies.
Trump, in an interview with Megyn Kelly, says he doesn't know who gave Fauci the presidential commendation pic.twitter.com/LRZnFXqMWO
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Furthermore, Trump’s attempt to draw a comparison between COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu is misguided. While the Spanish Flu did contribute to the end of World War I, it’s not a valid comparison to make in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump’s deflection to past accomplishments and his insistence on the credit he believes he deserves only further highlights his unwillingness to take responsibility for the failures of his administration’s COVID-19 response.
Ultimately, Republican voters will have to decide if they are satisfied with Trump’s answers regarding his handling of the pandemic. However, it’s worth noting that Kelly conducted a fair and engaging interview, giving Trump the opportunity to address these important issues.