President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s “100 percent” positive that the U.S. will get the “Covad-19” vaccine, even though he has been reluctant to acknowledge its existence for months.
Trump’s statement was an unusually blunt and direct way to put the matter to rest, with his office saying in a statement that it had been “misleading” by “political leaders who falsely claim the President has not yet received a vaccine.”
It is the latest in a series of missteps Trump has made about his personal immunization record, including refusing to take a pre-election medical exam or take a lead role in a debate over a government program.
He has also declined to say whether he thinks he’s in a good place in the fight against the coronavirus.
Trump was asked about the issue during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
“I am 100 percent,” Trump said.
“You know, I said I’m 100 percent, but I’ve been wrong.
You know, that’s the truth.
You have to take it all the way.”
The president is on a four-day trip to the United Kingdom, the European Union and Australia.
He also traveled to a Florida golf course, attended a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and is expected to meet with Pope Francis.
Trump also issued a tweet Wednesday morning that blamed the media for misrepresenting the vaccine.
“The Fake News Media is trying to convince us that the President of the United States has not received a Covid vaccine.
The Fake News is totally incompetent,” Trump wrote.
“They say the President is ‘not in a condition’ to receive the vaccine and then they go on to say that the media is misleading people.
They are wrong.”
The vaccine is expected within the next few weeks, according to the White House.
Trump and his team have faced pressure to address concerns about the vaccine’s safety after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that the virus has spread rapidly in parts of the country.
The CDC reported that an estimated 6,200 new cases were reported in the U, the highest number in nearly a decade.
The number of deaths has surpassed 9,000.
On Tuesday, the president was asked on Fox News whether he thought he was in a “good position” to receive a vaccine.
Trump said he thinks the government should be making sure the vaccine is administered “the right way.”
“I have no idea how you get a vaccine, but you can get a good vaccine,” Trump told Fox News.
“We need a vaccine for this, but we’re doing a good job, and I’ve seen what’s happened.
I’ve heard all the statistics, but the one thing I’ve not seen is how people are getting it.
So I’m sure it’s a good thing to do.”
Trump’s administration has not provided any evidence that the vaccine has caused any new cases or deaths, or provided any details about its effectiveness, effectiveness and safety.
The president has also refused to say if he thinks that he has received the vaccine, a position that was made public by his health secretary in August.
The administration has been quick to claim that the coronavalvirus has not spread to other countries.
“No other country in the world has the same spread of the coronovirus as the United STATES,” the White March for Life wrote on Twitter.
“It has been reported to have been detected in more than 300 countries.
No other country has had the spread of this virus in as little time.”
Trump was first asked about vaccines in December, when the White Hill news service asked if he had received a shot.
“Of course I have, and that’s a big, big thing,” Trump responded.
“But the fact of the matter is, the vaccine that I received is the same vaccine that we are going to be receiving, and we’re going to get it in a very short amount of time.
I’ll be back in a few days to talk about that.”
The White House also has not offered a full list of countries in which the vaccine will be administered, nor has it provided any detail on the efficacy and safety of the vaccine in the United State.