President Donald Trump continued to refuse to concede the White House race to Joe Biden on Friday, nearly a week after the media called the contest for the Democratic challenger.
“Whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be – I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration is not going towards a lockdown,” Trump told the Rose Garden of the White House, as he spoke about the Public-Private Partnership “Operation Warp Speed” which aims to accelerate the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. He did not respond to shouted questions from journalists about the election concession.
The president also threatened to prevent New York state from getting a vaccine when approved, as he attacked Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who criticized Trump’s plan to deploy a vaccine.
“He’s had some really bad editorials on this recently,” Trump said of Cuomo. The president said his administration “will not deliver it to New York until we have permission to do so.”
Cuomo hit back at Trump, saying in an interview with MSNBC that most Americans feared Trump would interfere with the vaccine approval process, so his state set up a separate review board.
“A number of states, New York included, to try to build credibility, so that people actually accept the vaccine, are setting up their own scientific review boards,” Cuomo told MSNBC.
Trump’s remarks came after the SPX exchange,
won this week as BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc. PFE,
reported the success of their experimental coronavirus vaccine in an advanced clinical trial. Her address also tracks U.S. records for daily COVID-19 cases.
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Trump criticized Pfizer for distancing itself from Operation Warp Speed, saying it was “an unfortunate mistake” for the company to say it was not part of the program. But Pfizer has not received government funding for vaccine research and development, although it is expected to secure $ 1.95 billion from the federal government for doses of a vaccine.
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Fox News Correspondent Geraldo Rivera tweeted on Friday that he had spoken with the president in the morning, and Trump had told him that he was a “realist” who “would do the right thing” when all the legitimate votes had been counted. Trump on Thursday evening tweeted that Biden did not win, and Twitter Inc. TWTR,
then reported this post, saying “Official sources called this election differently.”
Biden on Friday urged the administration of the Republican president to provide a more robust response to the coronavirus crisis.
“I am the president-elect, but I won’t be president until next year. The crisis is not on schedule, it is accelerating at the moment. Urgent action is needed today, now, from the current administration, starting with a recognition of the gravity of the current situation, ”the Democratic president-elect said in a statement ahead of Trump’s remarks.