Trump calls politicians who won't say they got COVID booster shots 'gutless'

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. Photo credit Brandon Bell/Getty Images
By , NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Former President Donald Trump called politicians who refuse to say whether they have received a COVID-19 booster shot "gutless" in an interview on Tuesday night on One America News Network.

Trump received his initial vaccine series fairly early in January of 2021, but did not make it public until the end of February when he began to encourage Americans to get the vaccine. He told an audience in Dallas last month that he received a booster shot, but was met with boos from the crowd.

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“I’ve had the booster," Trump said. "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. You got to say it, whether you had it or not. Say it.”

Trump did not mention any politician by name in the interview, so it can only be assumed who he was speaking about and criticizing.

Some viewers interpreted him directing the comments at Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. DeSantis has not publicly said if he has received a booster shot, and has avoided answering questions about it.

"So I've done whatever I did, the normal shot. And, you know, that, at the end of the day, is people's individual decisions about what they want to do," DeSantis told Fox News Channel host Maria Bartiromo last month.

DeSantis has also not ruled out running against Trump in the Republican primary in 2024. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Trump's remarks were in response to a question by OAN host Dan Ball, who asked if he regretted the push for vaccinations “after so many months of the vaccine being administered and these side effects.”

“The fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world," Trump said.

Despite giving his support for a booster shot, Trump continued to oppose vaccine mandates.

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