Former President Donald Trump hit out at the Biden administration on Friday, slamming his successor's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, energy policies, rising inflation, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the crisis at the southern border.
Trump told FOX Business's "Varney & Co." that he had hoped President Biden would do well in managing the coronavirus, but pointed out that "significantly" more Americans have died from the virus under Biden's watch than his own "despite all of the vaccines and the therapeutics" that are now widely available.
"Look, I wanted [Biden] to be successful on the on the whole thing on COVID – or as I call it, the China virus," Trump told host David Asman. "I wanted him to be successful. He's been totally unsuccessful. It's a disaster what's happened."
The former president said that he was proud to take the COVID-19 vaccine and "very proud" of the development of the inoculations in nine months under Operation Warp Speed, and said he believes people should take the vaccines.
Trump added, however, that he is against Biden's vaccine mandates, saying, "I want people to go out and want to get [vaccinated], but I don't want to force it into them," and blamed vaccine hesitancy on people's distrust of Biden.
Trump went on to say that Biden "lied so much" ahead of the election, pointing to Biden originally saying he would not impose vaccine mandates, and noting that Biden shut down the Keystone Pipeline nearly immediately after taking office when he had previously signaled that he would consider keeping the project going.
The energy policies of the Biden administration are directly contributing to the rising inflation, Trump said.
"What's happening with energy, nobody's ever seen it," Trump said. "In California – [gas] is $7.77 in certain areas of California….People remember in a debate, also, I said, you're going to have $5, $6, $7 gasoline, and even more than that, I just didn't know I was going to be right so soon."
Trump referred to both the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis and the way the Afghanistan withdrawal was handled as "a disgrace," and the Republican says he believes that if he decides to run for the White House again, he will win.
"The whole world looks at us differently today than they did a year ago," the former president said. "A year ago, they had great respect for this country. Now they look at us like we're a bunch of wimps which they can't even believe."