Donald Trump Hits Out at DeSantis, Other GOP Figures Who Have Not Revealed Vaccine Status

Donald Trump has taken a swipe at "gutless" politicians who refuse to say whether they have received a COVID-19 booster shot, a group that includes one of his biggest allies in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Speaking to the One America News Network (OANN), the former president said that many public figures do not have the "courage" to state either way if they have got the third dose to protect themselves and others against the virus.

Trump, who was recently booed by his own supporters for admitting he got the booster during an event with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, also used the interview to say that the vaccine rollout in the U.S., which began under his administration may have saved "tens of millions" of lives.

"I've had the booster. 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 answering like—in other words, the answer is 'yes' but they don't want to say it because they're gutless," Trump said.

"You gotta say it—whether you had it or not. Say it. But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions of people throughout the world. I've had absolutely no side effects."

Trump added that he doesn't believe "young healthy people" and children should take the vaccine, which goes against the views of medical professionals.

DeSantis is one of the big GOP names that have repeatedly dodged questions on whether they have had the COVID-19 booster.

In December, DeSantis refused to say whether he had the booster during an interview with Fox News' Morning Futures.

"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," DeSantis said.

Politico asked DeSantis' office again in early January 2022 if the governor had received the booster shot without clarification.

"I am not privy to the governor's private medical decisions and am unable to share information about his booster status," DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw said.

"Governor DeSantis has consistently said that vaccination (and by extension, boosters) should be a personal choice, and anyone who has questions or concerns should consult with a healthcare provider."

DeSantis' office previously confirmed that the governor received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last April.

As noted by CNN in July, nearly half of House Republicans refused to confirm if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, including Florida's Matt Gaetz and Texas' Chip Roy.

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar has also frequently spoken out about vaccine mandates and has drummed up support from anti-vaccine groups, despite reports he has been vaccinated.

DeSantis has been contacted for comment.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) sits next to Donald Trump during a meeting with Governors elects in the Cabinet Room at the White House on December 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Trump has attacked “gutless” politicians who refuse to say whether they have received a COVID-19 booster shot, which includes DeSantis. Mark Wilson/Getty Images