Donald Trump says he “saved the entire world” and Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx put “millions of lives at risk” in a rambling new statement.
The ex-president went on a tirade against his former top Covid advisers the day after CNN aired preview comments made about the pandemic by the health experts.
In his latest outburst Mr Trump claimed that he ignored both officials while in the White House and that he was responsible for getting vaccines developed quickly and approved for use.
“Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr Fauci and Dr Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” said MrTrump.
“They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine—putting millions of lives at risk.”
And he added: “We developed American vaccines by an American president in record time, nine months, which is saving the entire world.”