(WWJ) President Donald Trump talked up a coming COVID-19 vaccine, and put down the governor, as he campaigned in the critical swing state of Michigan on Friday.
As the number of COVID-19 cases surge in the state, reaching a record high nationally, Trump began his speech in metro Detroit's Waterford Township by talking about the pandemic.
"Thanks to our historic campaign to slash red tape and mobilize industry, we will deliver a safe vaccine to the American people in just a number of weeks, a couple of weeks. It's happening very fast. Great companies; the greatest companies of their kind in the world."
Trump said that when a COVID-19 vaccine is ready for distribution, it will be free to U.S. citizens.
"And the reason is this wasn't your fault, this wasn't anyone's fault, this was China's fault," Trump said, to a mix of cheers and jeers from the tightly packed and crowd. "Just remember that. Our vaccine will eradicate the virus much more quickly, and end the pandemic quickly, quickly, quickly, because we want to have our life restored to normal. That's all we want."
Trump's promise of speedy delivery contradicts what the nation's top health experts have to say on the subject.
Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts that while we may know whether a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective by December, most Americans will have to wait "several months into 2021" to get their shot.
Contrasting his own optimistic tone with that of his Democratic rival, the president complained that former Vice President Joe Biden has predicted a "dark winter" ahead.
“Just what our country needs is a long dark winter and a leader who talks about it," Trump said.
Trump also took time to take some swipes at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, telling the crowd that the Democrat should ease up on COVID-19 restrictions -- prompting a “Lock her up!” chant.
Thousands were in attendance for the rally at the Oakland County International Airport, gathering in the cold hours ahead of time to get a good spot for the speech.
With just days to go in the 2020 presidential campaign, Former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama will be in town Saturday, with drive-in rallies planned in both Flint and Detroit.
Trump isn't done in Michigan yet either, with plans to return to the state on Sunday and Monday, ahead of election day Tuesday, Nov. 3.