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Trump endorsed COVID-19 vaccines again and blasted 'gutless' politicians who won't say if they've been boosted

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Former President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump in the White House on November 26, 2020.Erin Schaff/Getty Images
  • The former president has heavily endorsed the COVID-19 vaccine in recent weeks.

  • In an OAN interview, he reiterated his stance and said he had no side effects from his booster.

  • He also criticized politicians who were being vague about their booster-shot status.

Former President Donald Trump endorsed COVID-19 vaccines again and criticized "gutless" politicians who wouldn't say if they'd been boosted.

In an interview with the far-right One America News Network, Trump said he was pro-vaccination, and that he experienced "absolutely no side effects" after receiving his booster shot.

The interview was prerecorded at the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Monday and aired on OAN on Tuesday night.

Trump also criticized politicians who'd been vague about whether they'd received their COVID-19 booster shots.

"Many politicians — I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed, and one of the questions was, 'Did you get the booster?' because they had the vaccine. And they're all answering it like — in other words, the answer is yes, but they don't want to say it because they're gutless," Trump told the OAN presenter Dan Ball.

"You gotta say it. Whether you had it or not, say it. But the fact is that I think the vaccine has saved tens of millions of people throughout the world."

Watch part of the interview here:

Trump didn't name the politicians who he said were not disclosing their vaccination status.

But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally and possible 2024 contender, was criticized last month for giving an unclear answer as to whether he'd been boosted.

When asked by Fox News, DeSantis responded: "So I've done whatever I did. The normal shot, and that at the end of the day is people's individual decisions about what they want to do."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has also given mixed messages.

After Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 in August, NBC News reported that Abbott had told people that he received a booster shot, but his spokesperson told The Texas Tribune she wasn't "aware of any booster."

As of Tuesday, just over 36% of the US population had received COVID-19 booster shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Two-thirds of the population received two doses of the vaccine, the CDC data said.

Many in Trump's base are against COVID-19 vaccination. Last month, Trump told his supporters not to boo after he said in a live interview that he'd received a booster shot.

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