It could have been a chance for President Trump to tout his pandemic response.
Instead, he spent yesterday’s press briefing repeatedly contradicting CDC Director Robert Redfield, in comments that made clear the president has little understanding of how a vaccine distribution timeline might work.
Trump said Redfield’s assertion that a vaccine won’t be widely available to the public until next spring or summer was wrong.
The president contradicted what Redfield had told Congress earlier in the day, saying the CDC director misspoke or “misunderstood the question” when he said a vaccine wouldn’t be broadly available until well into 2021.
“No, I think he made a mistake when he said that,” Trump said when asked about Redfield’s comments. “It’s just incorrect information. And I called him, and he didn’t tell me that. And I think he got the message maybe confused.”