Rep. Clyburn on Trump and Operation Warp Speed: “I’m glad he’s out of the way”

President Trump’s biggest contribution to the success of Operation Warp Speed ​​in developing a coronavirus vaccine has been “getting out of the way,” James Clyburn, DS.C., told Whip Your House Monday.

“I give scientists a lot of credit for that,” Clyburn told host Neil Cavuto. “It simply came to our notice then [Trump] he got out of the way and stopped talking and stopped having those press conferences every night … scientists were free to use their creativity. “

Clyburn, 80, added that he received the vaccine “yesterday or the day before and I did it because I believe in scientists. I didn’t put … detergent in my veins [like] he pleaded. Do you remember this. You remember he said … it would magically disappear. Why don’t you talk about it? “

The Democrat was referring to comments earlier this year in which the president referred to “disinfectants” and “mild” as potential remedies for the virus.

Clyburn added that Trump “is absolutely responsible for what happened here. In fact, that’s why Joe Biden got seven million more votes than he got, because the American people know full well that he lacked leadership. Don’t drive every step. You lead by example. He never set an example. And that’s why we’re where we are today. You know that. “

Later in the interview, Clyburn tried to divert the question of whether Rep. Eric Swalwell, California, should resign from the House Intelligence Committee amid questions about his relationship with a Chinese spy suspect.

“I don’t know about the committee, but I know that this president has some ties to Putin, he has some ties to Russia,” he said. “This president is so different from Russia -“

“I’m sorry, sir, that wasn’t my question,” Cavuto said. “I’m just asking about Eric Swalwell … [and] if there is even the appearance of an impropriety or something like that, it could be a risk to the intelligence of our nation for a congressman who is on that important committee of intelligence of the House to be right now. “

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“I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about,” Clyburn said. “You’re talking about ‘appearance.’ Because someone said something doesn’t mean it’s like that …

“I’m not going to judge what Swalwell should or shouldn’t do when I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about,” he continued. “I took the president for granted. When the president said he believed Putin in his own intelligence, I took his word for it. If Swalwell told me he believed the Chinese believed in our intelligence, I would say the same thing. thing about him. So come on. “