President Joe Biden earned some criticism early on in his administration for claiming that his predecessor left him without a clear plan for distributing COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide.
According to subsequent reports, Vice President Kamala Harris is spreading similarly misleading assertions — and former Trump administration economic adviser Larry Kudlow let it be known what he thought about it during a colorful outburst caught on a hot microphone.
“Making some false claims”
As Breitbart noted, Fox News Channel’s America Reports recently aired a clip of Harris’ claim that Trump left the Biden White House essentially “starting from scratch,” which led to Kudlow’s retort that the narrative amounted to “bulls***.”
Kudlow obviously took offense to the vice president’s assessment and, given his close proximity to the ex-president, he would probably know a thing or two about the Trump administration’s vaccination plan.
For her part, Fox News anchor Sandra Smith declared: “That was Vice President Kamala Harris making some false claims.”
Of course, Kudlow’s on-air profanity came during his first day as host of his own Fox Business Network program, leaving some critics labeling it as a botched introduction to his cable news audience.
He later addressed the moment in a statement following his opening monologue, describing himself as “not usually a guy who swears” and blaming his slip of the tongue on the perceived outrageousness of Harris’ remark.
“Certainly not starting from scratch”
“Vice President Kamala Harris falsely telling Axios that the Biden administration is ‘starting from scratch’ on the vaccine rollout. … Earlier on Fox News Channel, I made some comments about that clip,” Kudlow said. “You might have read about it. If not, you can Google it. I may have said a bad word.”
Although senior White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has previously pushed back against claims that the Trump administration did not provide a sufficient vaccine program, he seemed eager to back up Harris in the wake of her remark.”
“What I think the vice president is referring to is, the actual plan of getting the vaccine doses into people’s arms was really rather vague,” he said. “I mean, it was not a well-coordinated plan.”
Just last month, he offered a notably different take after Biden claimed that he was left with “no plan” by the previous White House.
“We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution,” Fauci said at the time.